Don’t just condemn your toaster-oven to the back of the store-room. This dorm-room essential still has its uses.
You’re not wrong to think toaster ovens were designed to heat up frozen foods like pizzas and garlic bread. But in a fast-paced world that’s increasingly gravitating towards easy-to-prepare homemade food, it’s time we get a little more creative.
1. Broiled Salmon with Black Pepper and Lemon
Coat the salmon fillet with a mixture of fresh lemon juice, crushed garlic and olive oil, before sprinkling black pepper on it. Pop it into the toaster oven for 10-12 minutes, and you have created for yourself a healthy and delicious meal!
2. Naan Pizza
Spread a layer of marinara sauce on a lightly toasted slice of plain naan, followed by a generous amount of ricotta cheese, and pop the naan into the toaster oven for 10 minutes. Before serving, lay a handful of fresh spinach leaves over the naan pizza. Voila!
3. Roasted Curried Cauliflower
Not only does this dish taste as divine as it looks, it is incredibly simple to prepare! Toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt and curry powder, lay them out on the toaster oven pan and set the oven to broil for 15 minutes.
4. Honey Miso-Glazed Chicken
Craving yakitori? This will hit the spot: Mix 4 tablespoons miso, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon mirin, 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, and a pinch of chopped garlic. Marinate chopped pieces of boneless chicken breast with the mixture for 30 minutes, before broiling them in the toaster oven for 20 minutes. Alternatively, pierce bamboo skewers through the marinated chicken pieces for a more authentic style of presentation.
5. Beef Bulgogi Slider with Kimchi
If you’ve got some time on your hands, try this Korean-style slider recipe. First, you’ll need to prepare the beef Bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef) – pan-fry thin slices of sirloin (previously marinated with a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce, chopped garlic and pepper). Next, spread a liberal amount of Sriracha aioli on the bottom slider bun, add the beef Bulgogi, and top it off with kimchi. Pop the slider into the toaster oven for 5 minutes, let it cool for a minute after, then pop it into your mouth!
6. Baked Rigatoni with Smoked Gouda
Cook the pasta (you can easily substitute rigatoni with penne) with marinara sauce. Spread a layer of marinara sauce onto the baking pan, pour the pasta over it, then place slices of baked Gouda on top. After just 15 minutes in the toaster oven, this delicious comfort food is ready to be served. Think lasagne, minus the complicated layers.
7. Roasted Red Potatoes
These red potatoes are seasoned with Himalayan salt and black pepper, and roasted with coconut oil, onion, parsley and garlic for 30 minutes. Easy, healthy, and oh-so yummy!
8. Nutella Raspberry French Toast
Spread two generous tablespoons of Nutella and raspberry jam on two slices of French toast, and pop the sandwich into the toaster oven for 10 minutes. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top if you’d like!
Possibly the easiest late-night snack you can prepare, all you need are two saltine crackers, one big plain marshmallow, and two milk chocolate squares. Place one cracker onto the toaster oven pan, then add the chocolate squares followed by the marshmallow on top of it. Set the toaster oven to 2 minutes, but pay attention to the marshmallow – as soon as it’s browned to your liking, turn off the toaster oven. Remove the open s’more then carefully place the second cracker on top to complete this American classic.
10. Apple Pie for One
This pie looks too gorgeous not to include on this list, but the recipe is a tad too elaborate to condense into three lines. Click here for the recipe if you’re interested!