Open Faced Tuna Melt-a Perfect Toaster Oven Recipe

Toaster ovens are an ideal way to make a quick and easy meal. Open-faced tuna melts are one of the many wonderful meals that can be made in a toaster oven.

A lot of people like myself go to diners to get such meals. Now, with recipes like these, they can be made at home. Also, unlike the sandwiches made at diners, it is lower in fat and calories, and is good for those that are dieting or just want to watch what they eat.

It is very easy to make also. I am going to share this recipe because I think it will be a good and tasty appetizer, meal, or snack, all depending on the occasion it is needed and how many people are going to be served.

Also, to make this sandwich a complete, serve it with fruit and/or salad. The recipe is called an “Open Faced Tuna Provolone Melt”.

It takes ten minutes to prepare and it makes two sandwiches. These are the ingredients that are needed to make this dish and how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • One five ounce can of Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna in Water, drained and flaked
  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Two teaspoons of fresh dill (or ⅛ teaspoon of dried dill)
  • Two tablespoons of light mayonnaise
  • ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
  • Two tablespoons of chopped red onion
  • Three tablespoons of chopped celery
  • One whole wheat bagel, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Four medium tomato slices, divided
  • Two slices of Provolone Cheese, divided

Directions:

In a tiny bowl, mix together lemon juice, dill, mayonnaise, and black pepper. Then put the tuna, onion, and celery. Stir them together until they are completely mixed. Cover each half of the bagel with half of the tuna mixture, two slices of tomato, and one of the pieces of the provolone cheese. Toast in a toaster oven or under the broiler until the cheese is melted and is starting to bubble on the edges.

I have not tried this recipe. However, it does sound like it would make a great snack or a quick meal for times when someone needs to eat a meal that is not a hamburger and fries or other non-healthy fast food meals. This meal has vegetables, protein, dairy products, and even some fruit juice that not only makes this meal not only healthy, but delicious and flavorful as well.

I look forward to eating in the future and sharing it with my family as well. I will definitely look forward to making it when I need a good and quick meal on days and/or nights when I do not have a lot of time to prepare and cook a meal. I hope that others will join me in enjoying this simple and tasty meal as well.

Is A Toaster Oven A Convection Oven?

A toaster oven is truly a unique sort of oven. It is much smaller and more compact than ordinary ovens. It also is quite different from your ordinary oven. It also is not the same thing as a convection oven. There are numerous advantages to using this type of oven for your cooking.

A toaster oven is not always a convection oven. However, the two categories of ovens can overlap. It is possible to have a toaster oven that is also a convection oven. There does tend to be some similarities between the two different types of ovens. There are also some differences between a typical toaster oven and a typical convection oven.

Toaster ovens and convection ovens often have different settings for the level of heat. Both oven types can also have special settings, such as broiling or baking. Additionally, the company that makes both types of ovens may have similar types of guarantees or warranties.

However, there are some key differences. A typical toaster oven is quite small. This is an advantage if it is to be transported. Ordinary convection ovens tend to be much larger. This presents problems when it comes to transporting the oven. Also, toaster ovens are smaller. This does limit what they can be used for somewhat. It is typically not practical to cook large meals in a toaster oven. There simply is not enough space. It also is usually not practical to cook a full sized baked item in a toaster oven. Convection ovens can be used for making baked goods and cooking for large groups just like a traditional oven.

Also, the mechanics can be quite different. Of course, some toaster ovens use the same principles as convection ovens on a smaller scale. Convection ovens use a fan. This fan blows the hot air throughout the oven. This helps all areas of the oven to heat up quickly. Toaster ovens work differently. They often use a simple heat device on the bottom. The heated element heats the toaster oven. This is more similar to a traditional oven, but it’s scaled down by a long shot. In fact, a toaster oven can easily fit on your countertop. That’s actually what most people do with them.

Counter Top or Under Cabinet Toaster Oven: What do you Say?

I am going to be redoing my kitchen and upgrading a few of my favorite appliances. I like the convenience of a toaster oven especially on hot summer days. I can throw some of my favorite snacks together and bake them without having to have the conventional oven heating up the entire house.

The toaster oven is also easier to clean for the most parts. But, I am trying to decide whether to have a regular counter top model this time or go for the slightly more expensive under cabinet, mounted toaster oven.

My current model is a counter top version. It is cute and functions well but there are occasions when it is in the way. If I had a smaller kitchen or had less usable counter space I would probably be more swayed to the installed, under counter version just for that reason alone.

On the plus side my current toaster oven is easy enough to just move out of the way on those few times when I need a few inches of extra space such as during the holidays when I am cooking tons of foods and baking lots of cookies.

I have looked at several of the under cabinet toaster ovens and they do look nice. They have a sleek, stream-lined appearance that certainly would fit in with the new design and layout the finished kitchen will have. I love the fact that this type of installation would permanently free up that counter space and would keep the counters looking less cluttered.

However, since I am short this type of toaster oven might not be as easy to clean. There is also the importance of proper installation. If the toaster oven is not mounted exactly right there is a risk of it falling out and breaking and/or causing injury. This is most likely to happen during the cooking or the cleaning process which will further increase the risk of injury.

My favorite brands carry both the counter top and the under counter mounted toaster oven so that is not a problem. The prices that I have seen are pretty close as well so that I don’t have to sacrifice any of the qualities I want just to save a few dollars. In the long run it will probably come down to what I am most comfortable with, most familiar with and that will mean a counter top model.

I just feel more secure with it and will be able to move it from one place to another as needed. It will also be easier to clean and that is one of the most important features to me. As a bonus I am also looking at a pretty cute model that comes in bright and vibrant color and that really makes me happy.

Classic seasoned chicken skewers recipe

During the summer months, barbecues and outdoor cookouts can easily become a routine thing. Between the burgers, the hot-dogs and the steaks, the flame-broiled flavors of the summer can seem varied to the point of infinite. Even as the wings, links and other staples are passed around, this recipe for seasoned chicken skewers will incite pandemonium throughout the barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh chopped mushrooms
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1 set of wooden barbecue skewers.

Instructions

  1. Blend the corn syrup, oil, soy sauce, seeds, powdered garlic, lemon, and garlic salt in a medium-sized container. Then, soak the chicken in this mixture. Cover the container and marinate the whole thing for at least two hours. The secret to good skewers is allowing ample time for the flavors of the dish to fully soak into the chicken. There will be one more flavor-intensive treatment in step 3, but the initial dispersal of flavor is equally important.
  2. Once the marinade is well under way, pre-heat the grill to its medium setting. Start creating your kabobs by skewering the cubed chicken, mixing them up in various patterns with your vegetables. Pour your marinade into a medium sauce pan and set it to boiling. Let the sauce boil for 10-15 minutes, allowing ample time for the chemical reaction between the heating ingredients to take full effect.
  3. The time has come for skewers to meet grill. Evenly distribute your skewers on the grill, making sure to regularly turn them. You will let these skewers cook for 15-20 minutes, checking to make sure that the juices are clear and the meat is no longer pink. During the last half of the grilling process, do not neglect to frequently baste the skewers with the boiled marinade.
  4. Remove and plate the skewers. Make sure that your skewers are well-marinated but not dripping unnecessary sauce. Serves four.

In conclusion

These tasty chicken skewers are a convenient way to ingest some protein and vegetables, without the hassle of soggy slices of bread or buns. For those with backyard fire-pits, the skewers can easily be added to the burn pile for a temporary smoky-mesquite aroma. You may want to double the ingredients for larger gatherings, as four servings will run out extremely quickly. Take this recipe like newly minted armor into the barbecue battlefield, and enjoy!

The Best Rated Toaster Ovens

I love toaster ovens, they are great appliance for making small portions of food and reducing the heat in your kitchen. I live in an apartment and cook for one, so the convenience of being able to easily reheat frozen or cold foods, make toast, and more make them great additions to any kitchen. The newer toaster ovens are versatile and have many great features. Here are a few of the best toaster ovens on the market.

The Breville Toaster Oven has a really nice stainless steel finish. It has the benefits of a convection oven and a toaster oven. I love using a toaster oven for baking cookies, making pizza and toast. This toaster oven cooks all types of foods to your specific preference. It is programmable and has 9 pre-set functions. Trust me, no one likes to clean up more than me, so it is really nice that this has a non-stick interior making cleaning it very easy. Things can melt, leak, and get messy inside a toaster over. Easy to clean toaster ovens are really wonderful. It also has a one year warranty.

The Panasonic Toaster Oven is also a really great toaster oven. It is able to cook food faster than other types of standard toaster ovens because it has an infrared light. Preheating is eliminated because of the infrared lighting which allows food to be cooked quicker. When I get home from a long day and I am hungry, I want a toaster oven that will cook my food as soon as possible. It can also handle almost all your reheating and baking needs. It has 6 pre-set programming choices also and is very easy to operate. The interior can fit a 9 inch pizza or 4 pieces of bread. It cooks food efficiently and quickly. It has an interior light so you can see your food cook. I love its compact design and the fact that you can get it in silver.

Another great choice is the Cuisinart Toaster Oven. It can broil, toast, and bake all your smaller foods. If you love pizza like me, it is a bit larger than the other toaster ovens and can conveniently fit an 11 inch pizza and 6 pieces of bread. It has a nice stainless steel front. The interior is also non-stick so cleaning is simple. It even has light, medium, and dark settings for toast.

Baked quesadillas with chicken and cheese

Quesadillas are a staple of Mexican cuisine, but who has the time to prepare them after a busy day at work? Fear no more as preparing cheesy chicken quesadillas is as easy as snapping your fingers. With this easy recipe, you will have your family asking for more! When prepared, you can either cut into bite-size wedges and serve as a snack or you can place the wedges on the top of a green salad and serve as a main course.

Ingredients

There are two parts of the preparation of these delicious tidbits. The first part is the dipping sauce for which you will need:

  1. Salsa hot or mild according to your taste 1 cup.
  2. Shredded cheese 1/3 cup of your favorite type. This can be spicy Monterey Jack or a mild cheddar.
  3. Sour cream 2 tablespoons low-fat or regular according to taste.

For the quesadillas you will also need to the following ingredients:

  1. Shredded Monterey Jack cheese or again, your favorite type of cheese 2-1/2 cups.
  2. Cooked chicken that has been diced into bite-size pieces 1-1/2 cups.
  3. Salsa 2/3 cup hot or mild.
  4. Four large whole wheat tortillas or white as preferred, 9-inch.

Preparation

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine the salda, sour cream and cheese; set aside.
  • For the quesadilla filling, combine chicken, salsa and cheese. Divide the filling evenly over one half of each tortilla. Next you are going to fold the unfilled half of your tortilla over the filled portion. Press this together gently.

Place the filled tortillas on a nonstick baking sheet and bake on each side for approximately 5-6 minutes or until a golden brown. You can also cook the tortillas in a pan on the stove over a medium-high heat for approximately 2-3 minutes. Be sure to turn them at least once to ensure crispness on both sides. Let rest for one minute after cooking and then cut into wedges. Serve as a snack or as a main course with plenty of dipping sauce.

A spellbinding lasagna – toast recipe from Luisa

This can simply be termed as art on a plate and with a perfect execution your dinner or starter shall be one to be envied upon for days to come.

Preparation time: 35mins

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 slice Italian bread
  • 1 medium zucchini (in 1/4inch chunks)
  • 1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic(crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes(chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

1. First I preheat the oven to about 450 degrees. While this takes place I make sure that I have already toasted my Italian bread for 5 to 10 minutes until they turn to a deep golden color.

2. At this point the action moves toward the microwave, I combine the garlic, zucchini and oil into a microwave-safe medium bowl which I then microwave on high for precisely 4 minutes.

3. Then comes the addition of tomatoes which were cut with a surgeons precision,this is followed by the addition of ¼teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, this I dutifully cover with vented plastic wrap and lastly microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4. With my knife wielded as a scalpel and sheer will as my driving force I slice the basil leaves into thin strips then set aside two tablespoons of this for use later as garnish. On a roll now I take a smaller bowl and combine basil, ricotta, Romano, 1/8 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper so fresh that my nostrils are left with a tingly sensation.

5. Naples on my mind, I spread one-fourth of ricotta on each bread slice, feeling like the great Leonardo stroking a canvas. With a slotted spoon I divide the tomato mixture equally among the bread slices and crown the top with mozzarella.

6. Lastly I line a single layer of foil in an oven tray and carefully place the toasts which then bake for 8 to 10 minutes meanwhile I keep a close eye on the mozzarella to see if it’s melted or if a dash of brown is visible.

To top it all up I garnish the toasts with the two reserved table spoons of reserved basil.