Toaster ovens are often undervalued as mere bread warmers or horizontal toaster, but there is so much more you can do with a toaster oven than stick a few pieces of bread inside. Whether you’re looking for delicious snack recipes to make before the next big game or for an easy and delicious dinner for your family, you should consider the following things you should definitely cook in your toaster oven in Rookie Kitchen
Roasted nuts and seeds: Buying premade roasted nuts and seeds at the grocery store can be expensive and unhealthy, thanks to large amounts of sodium. But you can make your very own, customized roasted nuts and seeds cheap and easy with your toaster oven. Simply take your preferred nuts or seeds (1 heaping cup is best) and toss them evenly in olive oil before placing them on your aluminum foil lined toaster oven pan. Sprinkle them with salt or whatever seasonings you’d like, toss them one more time for good measure, and back for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they begin to turn brown.
Holiday side dishes: The kitchen can be a very busy—and congested!—place when you’re cooking for the holidays. If you find yourself struggling to free up burners for side dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans or other holiday treats, look no further than your handy toaster oven. Anything you can cook in the oven you can cook in the toaster oven, although depending on the size of the container and you oven you might need to split your side dishes into smaller batches. Just remember to keep an eye on your side dishes while they’re cooking in the toaster oven to ensure they don’t get overcooked or burned.
Defrosting: Most people turn to the microwave to defrost frozen ingredients, but as anyone who has taken the time to defrost something in the oven can tell you, there is a world of difference in the taste and texture of something defrosted in an oven versus a microwave. But defrosting in the full oven can be difficult if you need it to cook something else, or if you don’t feel like warming up the whole house on a hot summer day. Thankfully, you can defrost frozen ingredients just as easily in your toaster oven—without the downside of making your kitchen as hot as a Californian summer. Simply defrost in the toaster oven as you would in the full oven and you’ll enjoy your next meal in no time.