A great convection toaster oven can be an amazing addition to your kitchen. It is even more useful when you have a roster of great toaster oven recipes. You can use it to make a whole meal for yourself or a small family in a fraction of the time of a large standard oven. You’ll save time both warming up the smaller oven and cooking particularly when you use convection mode. On festive occasions a convection oven can be the key to getting multiple courses on the table at the same time. Here are my top 10 uses for a convection toaster oven.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #1 -Hot Melty Sandwiches
I discovered this one when I was expecting. I was dying for a deli sandwich. A salami one specifically. Very odd for me. The craving deepened every day I didn’t satisfy it. Eventually I figured out that if I toasted the sandwich open face salami and all I would kill the listeria risk. Toasted Salami, melted aged cheddar and a great grainy mustard. The convection function turned it out in a snap. Using the broil function got the cheese melty and toasty brown.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #2 -Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Chop them up, toss them with olive oil sprinkle with salt then cook at 375 with the convection function. Stir every 10 mintues or so. You’ll be done in 30-40 minutes depending on how dark you like them. In a regular oven it might take an hour or just never develop the right crisp.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #3 Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Reggiano
Prep the asparagus, toss with olive oil, sprinkle parm on top. Use the convection function on 400 for about 10 minutes.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #4 Cookies on Demand
Earn your kids undying adoration by cooking up a small tray of cookies in a fraction of the time. Keep a log of cookie dough or balls of cookie dough in the freezer and pop them in the oven for cookies on demand.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #5 Virtually any Frozen Entree
Although many frozen meals work in the microwave, any dish you want crispy or browned is better in a toaster oven and certainly on the table faster than with a conventional oven.
Best Toaster Oven Recipes #6 Cheesy Toast
Toast some bread to get it a little crispy and brown then add slices of cheddar or pepper jack and bake with convection oven on 400 until bubbly and slightly brown. Open face awesome!
Best Toaster Oven Recipes#7 Finish a steak or breast of chicken.
Brown your steak or chicken on both sides in a pan then pop in the toaster oven to get the interior of your cut up to the right temperature. (FYI Internal temp for Chicken MUST get up to 165). Instant-read thermometers work wonders with this technique.