I have a lot of kitchen appliances that are sitting in my cabinet collecting dust. While I love the convenience of my slow cooker, I don’t like my food coming out like mush. The only thing I use my slow cooker for is pulled meat sandwiches, which come out perfectly after stewing all day. I also have a grill/griddle that got a lot more usage before I had my daughter. I stopped using it because it was a mission to clean and I just didn’t have the time or the patience, so into the closet it went, and stayed. I still haven’t used my pressure cooker for too many things because the steam and pressure freak me out just a bit, I’m always afraid it’s going to explode – but it is doing a great job keeping the grill company for now.
Did I need a rotisserie? YES! But it had to have specific features that worked with the types of recipes I prepare. Being of Greek descent, a lot of our meals are based around roasted meats, and let’s not forget about pork and chicken skewers or gyro! Yes, you can make gyro (VERY EASILY) at home- recipe will be coming up at the end of this post! I thought about it for a bit before I took the plunge into getting a rotisserie. Was this just a phase? Would I be in love with it for a week and then place it in the infamous closet with all the other lonely appliances? So far, I can say the answer to that is NO! As a matter of fact, I cleared off my counter to leave the rotisserie there permanently.
The people over at Kalorik were gracious enough to send me their rotisserie to try out and I wasted no time in defrosting some meat to test drive it! The first experiment – a whole chicken. Besides, isn’t that what a rotisserie was made for? So I defrosted my chicken and unpacked and cleaned the rotisserie. On my defrosted chicken I rubbed a mixture of salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black and white pepper, and thyme – then into the rotisserie it went! Check out how easy it was to set up:
The chicken took about 30-45 minutes to cook. Super easy to use, and MUCH easier to clean than I thought. The inner basin of the machine never got dirty, but if it did I would have wiped it down with a damp cloth because you cannot submerge the machine. There is a removable drip tray that comes out and is easy to take apart to clean. Everything else was washed within minutes and cleanup was a breeze. I was expecting a much harder to clean machine, but I was proven wrong!
So you might be wondering how the meat came out. I must say, it was PHENOMENAL! The chicken remained juicy and moist. The skin did not crisp as it would when roasting, but it was still very tasty!
Other things you can cook in the rotisserie are chicken or pork kebabs – it even comes with skewers that fit right into the machine. And, let’s not forget that gyro I mentioned earlier! My favorite homemade gyro recipe actually comes from my favorite TV cook – Alton Brown! You can check out the gyro recipe and let me tell you – it is yummy, and super easy to make. The rotisserie cooks the meat nicely and in less than an hour you have your own homemade greek specialty!
Want to win your own Kalorik Rotisserie? You will have the chance coming up soon! Details to follow in a separate post!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.