How to cook on a flat top grill

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Cook like a restaurant in the comfort of your own home with a flat top grill. This grill provides a large, flat cooking surface that combines the functions of a traditional hob with a griddle.

This flexibility means you will likely use the grill daily to cook everything from eggs and bacon for breakfast to steak and vegetables for dinner. If you know how to cook on a griddle or hob, you can use a flat top grill. Use favourite griddle and grill recipes on your flat top grill to expand your culinary horizons.

Rub 50 ml (1/4 cup) cooking oil over the surface of the cold grill with paper towels to create a non-stick surface and season your flat top grill before your first use it.

Heat the grill on medium-high for 10 to 15 minutes to bake the oil into the surface. Reduce the heat to low to apply a second layer of oil, and increase the temperature to medium-high for another 15 minutes. Turn the grill off and let it cool before wiping a final thin layer of oil over the surface with dry paper towels.

When ready to cook, pre-heat your seasoned grill to medium-high for 10 to 15 minutes, or place a pan on the grill to pre-heat the metal if you intend to saute or heat liquids.

Add the food directly to the hot cooking surface since the hot grill prevents sticking. Alternatively, pour 30 ml (2 tbsp) of oil into your cooking pan for sauteeing foods in the pan.

Retain a medium-high cooking level to sear, saute or stir-fry foods.

Decrease the temperature to medium or medium-low and cover the food with a grill cover -- or the saucepan lid -- until the food has cooked all the way through.