Do you have a preferred method of cooking?
- Stove top?
- Crock pot?
My favorites are baking or using my crock pot. I HATE stove top cooking or broiling.
But here’s the thing. If you’re making a recipe that uses a method you don’t like or that doesn’t work for your schedule, many times you can change it! Some recipes have to be cooked a certain way but a lot of them can be modified to suit your preference.
Here are a couple of examples from the recipe index.
The original recipe calls for baking for 1-1/4 hours. The only reason I don’t like to bake this is because I frequently need the oven for a side dish or bread. So instead of baking, I put it in my crock pot on low for 4 hours. You could also cook it in a Dutch oven on top of the stove. Any of these methods would work.
I’ve been making this dish for years and I always cooked it on top of the stove. But like I mentioned earlier, I hate stove top cooking. So I decided to try it in the crock pot and it worked GREAT! The crock pot is now my method of choice. I’m sure you could bake this dish, too.
This is a fairly new recipe for us and it’s DELICIOUS! But I hate broiling so I’m going to try making this in the oven. I haven’t done it yet but I’m confident it will work fine and then I’ll probably make it more often.
This recipe requires cooking the salmon in a skillet on the stove. But while you’re cooking the salmon, you’re also making the risotto (which I’ve been told can also be baked in the oven). That’s too much for my ADHD brain to handle so next time I’ll be baking the fish instead of using the stove top.
These are just a few examples of how you can modify the cooking method on a recipe.
If you’re not an experienced cook or aren’t sure how to do this, the easiest way is to find a similar recipe to how you want to cook it. For example, when I get around to cooking the Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs in the oven, I’ll look at other recipes for baked chicken thighs to see how they do it, how long they cook it and at what temperature. Then I’ll use that information for my recipe. That’s it. So simple.
What’s your favorite cooking method? What’s your least favorite? Do you ever modify the cooking method on a recipe? Would you be willing to try?
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