First meal from the new toaster oven

During visits to my daughter, I’d been noticing how much they use their little toaster oven.  I haven’t had one for many years now.  She and her husband make great use of it and she convinced me I needed one, too.  The two main reasons are that it takes less energy to cook small amounts of food and it is safer than opening the big oven door when the toddlers are in the kitchen.  So, I did a little research and discovered that the Breville had the best reviews for what I was interested in.  This brand was recommended by Consumer Reports and Cook’s Illustrated.  We also have a Breville espresso maker that we have been very happy with.  Being familiar with the brand helped me to be willing to pay the price for quality. 

Blog PhotoI decided on the Breville compact smart oven and used a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond to get the price down even more.  They didn’t have any compact styles on the shelf when I shopped, so they shipped it to me at home for no extra charge.   It does take up some counter space, but then it freed up space where I had stored the 4-slice traditional toaster.

We had only used it for toast and toasted bagels until yesterday.  Last night I tried baking salmon in it.  I preheated the oven to 450 in about 10 minutes and then baked the balsamic glazed salmon fillets for about 12 minutes with great results!  

So now I'm looking for reasons to use it for more cooking!  Any suggestions!?!

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rsp wrote on January 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I've read the reports on the Breville and that would be my choice too. I thought at Christmas but the tv was going so that was that. There must be some guidelines that would help suggest the right "kind" of recipes. Cooking length, temp, etc. My mom got a new one really cheap but it just isn't working very well. All she wanted was a way to cook biscuits. They seem to burn every time. She may need to play with it more but it also isn't a Breville. 

Jeannette Beck wrote on January 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
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The reviews on the Cook's Illustrated site were very informative.  There were some models they tested that couldn't even make toast!  Also, the manual included some nice sounding recipes that I plan to try including... Coddled eggs with sauteed mushrooms and spinach, Gratin dauphinoise, Savory whole wheat tart with roasted cherry tomato halves, carmelized onion and goat cheese, Orange cranberry scones....  NIce bonus!  

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 23, 2013 at 9:01 am

The fiancee and I got rid of our microwave in favor of only using our toaster oven. We will eventually upgrade to the Breville, I hope.

Jeannette Beck wrote on January 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
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We didn't give up our microwave.  I hadn't considered doing that. Was it because of a matter of taste, or perhaps kitchen space? 

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

More kitchen space, but we found that we didn't even really use the microwave for anything other than melting butter and reheating leftovers, and that's a pretty easy task in the toaster oven.