Serving on a sizzling plate is a fancy way of presenting food that will surely awe and amaze your family and friends.
I had a cast iron sizzling plate years ago and didn't know how to handle it. I washed it in hot soapy water after each use and set to dry with the other dishes.
Now I know that...
I thought that if I just apply some oil, wrap in plastic and store it like that, it will not rust and be ready the next time I take it out of the cabinet.
Surely, it didn't rust but the oil became rancid and the plastic stuck to the plate, making it hard to remove without tearing.
Using the oven is better to season the whole plate, but if not available, the stove top is the next best thing, even though it only seasons the top side.
Why do I need to season, you might ask? Well, food won't stick as much. And it will not rust in storage because the oil laminates the surface.
If using an oven,
If using the stove top,
TO USE THE SIZZLING PLATE :
1 Heat up the plate in medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes before the food is ready to serve.
2 When the plate is slightly smoking, it is ready to use. (If a lot of smoke is coming out, turn the heat down or turn the heat off to slightly cool the plate down).
3 Pour the food away instead of towards you so you will not burn yourself.
4 Keep the pot holder in the handle so you will not forget that it is hot.
5 Lastly, remember that the food continues to cook and toast in the sizzling plate so give it less cooking time in the stove.
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