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No grill pan, what to use?

HBGigi May 19, 2011 06:49 AM

I have several recipes I'd like to try but they all call for a grill pan for stovetop cooking. Any ideas for a substitute for the grill pan? I already have too many pans, my kitchen is jammed to the hilt and if I bought a grill pan I'd have no place to put it. I own all kinds of fry pans, saute pans, griddles, and even an indoor "barbecue" plus 2 outdoor Webers, one a charcoal, the other gas. I'd like to have a panini pan too, but again, no more room!

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  1. pikawicca RE: HBGigi May 19, 2011 06:52 AM

    Cast iron skillet.

    1. Uncle Bob RE: HBGigi May 19, 2011 06:56 AM

      I'll second that motion......Cast Iron skillet

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        sueatmo RE: HBGigi May 19, 2011 05:36 PM

        Either a cast iron skillet for the stovetop or your broiler pan for your oven broiler.

        1. iluvcookies RE: HBGigi May 19, 2011 07:56 PM

          Why not use one of the outdoor grills?

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          1. re: iluvcookies
            cowboyardee RE: iluvcookies May 20, 2011 02:46 AM

            Agreed. The grill pan is really just an attempt to fudge the results of a real grill without going outside. The webers will give the OP even better results than a grill pan would have if he/she doesn't mind using them.

            Not sure why everyone is recommending a CI skillet when the OP seems not to mind just using the grill.

          2. ipsedixit RE: HBGigi May 19, 2011 08:11 PM

            I'll third or fourth or whatever the recommendation for cast iron pan.

            But, pray tell, what recipes specifically call for a grill pan for stovetop cooking?

            1. cowboyardee RE: HBGigi May 20, 2011 02:47 AM

              What does your indoor 'barbecue' consist of?

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                rasputina RE: HBGigi May 20, 2011 07:15 AM

                The obvious choice is a charcoal grill.

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                1. re: rasputina
                  sueatmo RE: rasputina May 20, 2011 04:00 PM

                  I have to disagree here. I make bacon every morning on my stovetop grill I'd hate to do this on a Weber! I do think the stovetop grill is a convenience, not an actual grill. But it sure suits us! I imagine the OP is trying to grill chicken breasts and/or hamburgers. I find it my CI Lodge grill very easy to use, and it turns out very good grilled things, including grilled veggies. If you are, for instance, wanting grilled food after a long day at work, heating up the grillpan is way easier than firing up the charcoal or gas grill. Cleanup is easier too.

                  1. re: sueatmo
                    edwardspk RE: sueatmo May 20, 2011 04:42 PM

                    I honestly can't imagine that heating up a grill Pam and cleaning it is easier than eating up a gas grill. When I want a low-effort weekday meal, the gas grill is what I go to for fast, easy, one-stop cooking.

                    1. re: edwardspk
                      sueatmo RE: edwardspk May 21, 2011 11:48 AM

                      See OP's reply below. It depends on the state of your grill, how many steps to said grill (mine is outside my great room door, and not convenient to my kitchen) and how nicely you clean it afterwards. In my case, and in the OP's case, using a gas grill is harder than turning on the heat under the grill pan. I can clean my grill pan after several grill sessions, and it isn't hard.

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                  HBGigi RE: HBGigi May 21, 2011 07:15 AM

                  Thanks to all for your suggestions. Yes, I can fire up the gas grill but sometimes uncovering it, cleaning it, grilling a simple sandwich, cleaning it, cooling it down, recovering it seems to be overkill for one grilled panini that hubby and I are splitting. Yes, I can do it in my CI pan but it won't taste like the grilled chicken panini I want to make. Also, sometimes when I'm doing a grilled piece of meat, making a sauce, roasting a vegetable and baking some muffins, it's a little difficult to be working in the kitchen, watching everything and trying to grill in the backyard.

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