It’s the day before Christmas and I have my new griddle!
Putting the Blackstone griddle together is quick and easy. The little legs screw in by hand and the heavy top turned over drops into place.
I connect the one-pound propane bottle to the regulator thingy and then hook that up to the grill.
Before I can cook on it, I have to season the surface.
Using a cloth, I wipe the griddle surface lightly with olive oil. Then I turn on the griddle. This being the first lighting on the canister of propane, it takes a few clicks of the piezo ignition before the flame starts. (After that the griddle lights on the first click!).
I turn the heat on high which causes the oil to smoke and the surface to turn brown, then black. I read that this is what is supposed to happen.
I let it smoke until it smokes no more.
Then I turn off the griddle and let it cool. I put the griddle through this cycle four times. Now the cooking surface is black except for the edges. That’s okay. That part will season over time.
By the time the seasoning is done, the sun is setting.
My plan is to grill a turkey burger with sliced onions. By the time my appetite is raging, having skipped breakfast, I’m thinking otherwise. I decide to try a burrito instead.
Hmm . . . I could slice up one of those turkey sausages along with some onions, heat up a tortilla, and wrap it up into a burrito . . . . Wish I had some tomato. . . oh well, I do have shredded cheese . . . . Yeah, this sounds good!
The turkey sausage is Aidell’s “Italian Style with Mozarella.” It’s fully cooked out of the package so I don’t have to be concerned about internal temperature like with a burger.
I pour out some oil and drop the sausage medallions and sliced onions on the grill.
They sizzle with steam rising.
Ooh, this is fun!
Hey! I think I have a can of diced, green chili peppers somewhere in the cupboard . . .
I run inside and, yep, there it is!
When the sausage and onions are near done, I toss the green chilis on the grill to warm. Simultaneously (well, almost) I slap a flour tortilla down.
Okay. Time out! Time out!
I have to tell you I’m a neophyte when it comes to this kind of cooking. When I was wandering around Blythe’s very Hispanic Smart & Final grocery the other day, perusing the many stacks of different kinds of tortillas, wraps, and taco whatevers, I didn’t have the slightest idea what to buy.
I wanted something I could heat up and fold over. I chose “flour tortillas” (eenie, meanie, minie, moe) and hoped for the best.
Using my brand new, heavy duty, super duper, Blackstone spatula, I peek under the tortilla. It has brown spots.
All righty! Lookin’ good! Over you go!
(The tortilla in the photo above has been flipped.)
I scrape the sausage, onions and green chilis to one side (glad for the 17-inch space to do this!) and pile half of the mixture on the tortilla.
So far, so good . . . .
Next I sprinkle a generous amount of “Mexican blend” shredded cheese on top. The package says its a mix of Monterey jack, cheddar, queso quesadilla and asadero cheese.
Whatever. Sounds good to me!
I take the cheese-melting cover and place it over my creation. Short on patience I lift it only a few seconds later and take this next photo.
Yay! Already the cheese is melting!
I replace the cover and in another couple seconds the propane runs out.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
Do I have good timing or what?
I take my handy dandy, heavy duty, super duper spatula and slide my newly created Mexican-Italian “pizza” onto a plate.
“Hey!” you exclaim. “I thought you were making a burrito!”
Well, I thought I was, too.
However, when I went to fold it I discovered it wasn’t foldable!
No matter. I wanna’ eat!
I pull my chair up to the table, lift the edge of the tortilla to my face, and bite.
Oh, my. Oh, my oh my.
Much to my surprise, the tortilla is light and crunchy in a taco bowl shell kind of way. Delicious! I munch my way into the sausage, onions, and green chilis and . . .
Oh, my. Oh my oh my.
Okay, you get the idea.
It’s very tasty and perfectly filling on this brisk, yet sunny, Christmas Day.
I’m thrilled with my new griddle!
As I munch my way across the tortilla, ideas fly through my mind.
Hmm . . . This tortilla came out like thin-crust pizza. Gee, I could make all kinds of pizzas! Tomato sauce . . . sliced mushrooms and peppers. . . pineapple chunks . . . lots of cheese.
Oh, and I bet if I wiped the tortilla with oil it would come out soft for a burrito. Rice with refried beans and cheese! Chicken chunks! Picante sauce! Hot sauce!
Anyway . . . .
I think my first attempt at griddling was a huge success!
I thank every one who used my blog to shop for giving me this great present. Another big thank you for those who wrote Christmas wishes to Reggie, Roger, and me. You are such good people.
How could this not be a most delightful Christmas?
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