Living in the midwest, we don’t cook outside anywhere near as often in the winter, and I really miss the taste of grilled food, as well as the expanded menu offerings that come from outdoor cooking. So when I stumbled across the Nathan’s Reversible Stovetop Grill & Griddle while Christmas shopping, I just couldn’t pass it up. And yes, that’s Nathan’s as in Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, sponsors of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island that my family can’t miss watching in horrified admiration every summer!
We took our new Nathan’s Grill/Griddle on a test run today for lunch. On the menu: Nathan’s hot dogs (natch) and Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage. The Grill/Griddle fits over both front and back burners of our gas stove (the only cooking surface not compatible is glass) and distributes the heat evenly. Although the hot dogs cooked pretty quickly, the sausages took more than twice as long as they typically would on the outdoor grill. But I liked how the grease was channeled away from the meat, and 40 minutes later, we thoroughly enjoyed our summer-style lunch in the middle of winter. Afterwards, clean-up was a breeze on the non-stick surface.
On the flip side of the grill is the griddle, which holds further appeal for us. Making breakfast for a family of six is no small endeavor, and the expanded surface of the griddle will make for much faster pancake production. The box even depicts pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes all cooking simultaneously on the griddle surface, but that’s a challenge for another day. So far, Nathan’s Famous Reversible Stovetop Grill & Griddle gets a thumbs up from my family, although I hope it will be quite a while before any of them can down 50 hotdogs in a ten-minute sitting!0