Tips for Using the Electric Grill

Panini
Grill, 375 – 400, closed.
Grill 7 minutes.

Chicken Breasts
Grill, 400, closed.
Pound to even thickness of no more than 1 inch.
Grill 7 – 9 minutes.

Burgers
Grill, 450, open or closed.
Grill 4 – 8 minutes closed or 5 – 6 minutes per side open.

Boneless Steaks – option 1
Grill, Sear 450, closed.
Sear for 2 minutes. Grill will revert to 425.
Grill 2-10 minutes. Rest for 5 minutes.

Boneless Steaks – option 2
Grill, 450, open.
Cut to no more than 2 inches thick.
Cook 4 – 6 minutes per side. Rest for 5 minutes.

Skirt Steak
Grill, 450, open.
Grill 6 minutes on first side and 4 – 5 minutes on other side.

Meat and Vegetable Kebabs
Grill, 425, closed.
Grill 5-6 minutes.

Pork Chops
Grill, 400, closed.
Cut to no more than 1 inch thick.
Grill 10 minutes.

Fish Steaks
Grill, 400, closed.
Cut to no more than 2 inches thick.
Grill 10 – 15 minutes.

Quesadillas
Griddle, 375 – 400, closed.
Grill 3 – 3 1/2 minures.

Grilled Mixed Vegetables
Grill, 400 – 425, closed.
Grill peppers for 8 minutes, zucchini for 5 minutes, eggplant for 6-8 minutes, red onion for 5 minutes, and asparagus for 3-4 minutes.
(For salad, with olive oil, lemon juice, ricotta salata, Kalamata olives, and basil.)

Grilled Peaches
Grill, 400, closed.
Once heated, grill for 8 minutes.
(Toss with burrata, prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic vinegar for salad.)

Grilled Pineapple
Grill, 375, closed.
Toss pineapple with sugar. Once heated, grill 8 minutes.

French Toast
Griddle, 350, open.
Cook 3 1/2 – 4 minutes per side.

Pancakes
Griddle, 350, open.
Pour quarter cup portions. Cook 4-5 minutes one side, flip, and cook 3 minutes more.

Waffles
Griddle, 400, closed.
Pour about 1 1/4 cups batter and spread with a spatula. Cook about 3 minutes.

Arrowhead Mills buttermilk waffle and pancake mix
For waffles, combine:
1 cup of mix
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
2/3 cup of milk or water
(Makes exactly enough to cover the waffle iron.)

For pancakes, combine:
1 cup of mix
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup of milk or water
Cook on a 375-400 griddle
(Makes 8 5-inch pancakes)

Bob’s Red Mill buttermilk waffle and pancake mix
For waffles, combine:
1 cup of mix
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup of water
(Makes exactly enough to cover the waffle iron.)

For pancakes, combine:
1 cup of mix
1 tablespoon oil
1 egg
3/4 cup of water
Cook on a 375-400 griddle 2-3 minutes per side
(Makes 8 5-inch pancakes)

Laksa Ayam Betawi (Jakarta Coconut Chicken Soup)

800 gr chicken breast fillet – about 28 oz, cut into bite-size pieces
2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups coconut milk

Ingredients to grind:
30 gr dried shrimp – soak in warm water until soft
4 cloves garlic
1 large onion
1 inch fresh ginger
1 Tbsp sambal oelek – or more if you want it spicier. You can also use this chili paste

Spices and herbs:
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp galangal powder
1 stalk lemongrass
2 bay leaves
3 kaffir lime leaves

Seasonings:
2 tsp salt – or more to taste
1 tsp sugar – or more to taste
1/2 tsp ground white pepper

Choice of noodles: (choose one)
Rice noodles – (bihun) prepare according to directions on the package
mungbean thread noodles – (soun) prepare according to directions on the package

Serve with:
200 gr mungbean sprouts (tauge) – blanched in hot water
2 hard-boiled eggs – cut into quarters
Crispy fried shallots / bawang goreng
Emping crackers
Limes

Garnishes:
1 stalk green onion – finely chopped
Fresh mints and/or basil leaves

Place all ingredients to grind in a food processor and process into a paste. Add the cooking oil to help it going.

Preheat a large heavy-bottom pot. Add cooking oil (if you haven’t added it when you grind the ingredients above). Add the ground ingredients and stir fry until they smell really good, about 3 minutes or so.

Add the chicken pieces followed by turmeric, coriander, galangal powder, and seasonings. Stir to mix everything and cook until the chicken just turn opaque and add chicken broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer until the chicken pieces are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Then stir in the coconut milk. Have a taste and adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Serving:
Portion the cooked noodles into individual serving bowl. Portion out some chicken pieces. and beansprouts. Ladle the hot soup over.

Add hard-boiled pieces, chopped green onions, bawang goreng, and fresh mint and/or basil leaves. Squeeze some lime juice over if you like. Serve immediately when it’s warm with some emping crackers if you have some.