We have a new toy, the result of The Great Corny Dog Incident of '13.
It's a convection toaster oven.
It all began on a warm summer's eve last week when K and I both wanted something to eat, but not a full blown meal. She asked, "How about a couple of corny dogs?" Ummm....OK. As pre-heating the big 'ol electronic hot box under the stove takes so long, K just nuked 'em in the microwave instead.
The breading tasted like it had been soaking in water for several hours. It was just awful. She said a small countertop toaster oven would have been the way to go, except we didn't have a toaster oven. She said it just makes cooking something simple for two (or was it cooking something for two simpletons?) so much easier. I've never had a toaster oven, and as I've written about in the past, my mother wasn't a cook at all, so this was an all-new concept for me.
K always kids me about my tendency to run to Consumer Reports before I buy anything much more than a pair of socks, and this purchase was no exception. There were several Breville toaster ovens rated on top, but they were $180....not gonna happen! Next highest rated was this little Oster model. I couldn't find it at any store locally, so it was Amazon to the rescue.
It arrived yesterday and we gave it the ultimate test....yep, corny dogs again. This time I think even Consumer Reports would have approved, if they were to ever test corny dogs. They were crispy and delicious, just like the ones Fletcher's cooks up at the Great State Fair of Texas. ;)
And let me just say for the record, yes, they were 100% pure beef (from select cuts of the ear, hoof, and ass) and the breading was pure natural / green / organic / free range, too. I'm pretty sure.