Lo and behold, my number one favorite kitchen appliance is my electric skillet. In my opinion, this is the top appliance everyone should have in their kitchen. Most frequently I use it to cook ground beef (for spaghetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, casseroles, etc.). Most of the time, when using the electric skillet, the entire meal is cooked within it. Stir-fry type dishes are perfect because you can cook your meat then add the vegetables/rice and keep it within one pan.
This morning, we used only two appliances to make breakfast (and that was because my family wanted waffles instead of pancakes). First I started out by putting our bacon in my electric skillet.
After the bacon is cooked I put in the diced up red potatoes with the grease the bacon left in the pan. This is a preference, but it helps crisp the potatoes and keep them moist.
After the potatoes are cooked I pour in a dozen eggs that have been whipped up to make scrambled eggs. Still to this point, I haven't stopped to wipe out or clean the skillet.
If we had eaten pancakes instead of waffles I would have then cooked the pancakes. We all ate outside on our shaded back pourch-a favorite of ours during late spring and cool summer days.
In my family, there is a recipe that we call "quick chili". There is somewhat of a dispute about the origins of this dish. We can't remember what side of the family started it and if it was my grandparents or my parents generation that shared it with the other. This meal is about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.
1 pound ground beef (cooked first)
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of corn
1 cup of rice (minute NOT long cooking)
1 cup of water
4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (last step of dish)
You cook the ground beef in the electric skillet first-be sure to drain excess fat before adding any other ingredients. With the cooked ground beef remaining in the electric skillet add the remaining ingredients except the cheddar cheese. Allow the ingredients to cook at a light boil, about 15 minutes. In the end, the rice should be completely cooked and the dish should be "lasagna" consistency not runny like chili. After the dish has simmered off the extra water/tomato sauce, evenly spread the food across the skillet and sprinkle the cheese over the top. It might take 5 more minutes for the cheese to completely melt. Serve the dish as you would lasagna keeping the cheese on top.