HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


New range, what should I cook first?

I am so excited that I have a new range! It is my first new/good range; all the others I inherited with houses I've lived in.

So I know I have to break it in a bit first, but when the initial burnoff is done, what should the inaugural dinner be? I'm open to suggestions...I like everything.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Beef Wellington with roasted vegetables and Baked Alaska for dessert.

    2 Replies
    1. re: todao

      Yum! I almost wish it was fall and not summer...I LOVE Autumn cooking. Can't wait for stews, soups, pot roast...

      1. re: todao

        Yum, yum.. beef wellington is so good. I agree!

      2. Here is the thing about new-to-you ranges. It will take you some time to learn what each burner is capable of. What does low do for a sauce? Does it bubble vigorously and just bring a gentle bubble to the surface every 4 seconds? When you need high heat, will your meat sizzle or steam? Is the front left best for bringing things to a boil or the back right?

        So, I would suggest a series of warm-up meals. Start by investigating the characteristics that you need for your cooking. And then when you are confident that you are in control, plan that perfect meal, whatever it is.

        Very exciting to have a new stove!

        1. I too have a new one, and my emphasis so far has been on CLEAN things to cook. I don't have the heart to have drips or splatters on the beautiful surfaces.

          1. A simple salmon dinner with summer vegetables. My go to recipe, I make it once a week.

            Salmon fillet, drizzle of olive oil, grated lemon rind, bake at 350 until done. Simple and elegant.

            1. I remember how excited I was to get a (humble Kenmore) gas stove after 25+ years of an (even humbler) electric.
              What you should cook first is what you think would absolutely please you the most. And -- ha, I absolutely cannot remember what I cooked first at all.

              1 Reply
              1. re: blue room

                I bet that most people have big plans and then end up boiling water for coffee or making scrambled eggs!

              2. This is going sound like a stupid post but I take an oath that this really happened in my condo building about two weeks ago. Somebody bought a new stove and didn't realize that there were stove parts in the oven wrapped in plastic. The first time she turned on the oven the plastic melted and burned and so much smoke was created that we had the fire department here, about six hook & ladder trucks as I live in high-density downtown---the elevators were shut down, the stairwells were full of firemen carrying up their heavy equipment, the police and ambulances came roaring, total big deal fire response. And I can't imagine the mess she had to clean up with molten plastic in the oven. So, please, before you cook ANYTHING, look carefully through the innards of the new stove.

                1. Something that makes a big splattery mess that takes an hour to clean up so you can stop being "careful" and get to cooking.