Grill Inside with Williams-Sonoma
I was checking out Williams-Sonoma’s blog and came across an article that instructs how to grill great burgers, steaks, and much more inside – perfect for city living!
The trick to using indoor grilling tools is knowing what they cook well and what they donâ€™t, so I grabbed our Test Kitchen cooks, Sandra Wu and Melissa Stewart, for some tips on bringing spring and summer fare inside.
â€śThe most successful recipes to do indoors would be the ones that donâ€™t cook that long,â€ť says Sandra. â€śThink direct-heat, quick cooking, such as steaks, burgers, chicken breasts and veggies.
â€śYou wouldnâ€™t be able to do any indirect grilling, like grill-roasting,â€ť adds Melissa. â€śThinner items like skirt or flank steak or chicken paillards are perfect.â€ť
â€śYou can get grill marks pretty nicely on an indoor grill, but you wonâ€™t get the smoky flavor,â€ť says Sandra. â€śIf you wanted the smoky flavor you could use a smoking gun after cooking the food, or smoked sea salt.â€ť
â€śOr a little liquid smoke,â€ť Melissa chimes in.
Plan B (and C)
â€śAnother option if people donâ€™t want to use an indoor grill is to use a grill pan,â€ť says Sandra. â€śPreheat it and make sure it gets hot before you put the food on. Also, make sure the pan is lightly greased and well seasoned. It helps if your protein or vegetables are lightly oiled so they donâ€™t stick.â€ť
Melissa adds, â€ťUsing a panini maker is great because it essentially is an indoor grill. Weâ€™ll cook the proteins on that, too, so you can close it. The cook times would change because you have heat coming from both sides.â€ť
â€śFrom what weâ€™ve tested for electric grills, those suckers let out some heat!â€ť says Melissa. â€śIt got hot in here, but youâ€™re never going to get that same heat as you would on an outdoor grill. You have to be willing to walk away and give the food some time to cook.â€ť
You can also check out great indoor grilling recipes at their website, www.williams-sonoma.com.
Grill with Soapstone
There’s more than one way to grill indoors! We recommend grilling with soapstone. Check out Garden State Soapstone’s Soapstone Pizza Stones.