Griddles have long been a staple in kitchens from the Deep South to the Northeast. While cooking on a griddle originally consisted of using a flat stone or brick slab, today’s are of course more advanced, more precise, and deliver reliable results. Gen 2 griddles, for example, consist of evenly-spaced burners on a gas griddle that is manually controlled. Gen2 griddles are great for cooking foods of all kinds, and make it easy to serve customers quick and delicious meals around the clock. Here are a few of our favorite griddle recipes to make on Gen2 griddles.
Old-Fashion Buttermilk Pancakes
Griddle-cooked pancakes are a Southern classic. Southerners have cooked up just about everything on a griddle, but pancakes are among the most classic Southern breakfasts. The trick to the best old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes is, of course, to use real buttermilk. True Southern pancakes often have lard or shortening in them, so if you want to err on the side of healthiness, there are several ingredients you can substitute. Butter or margarine will work, but be sure to add 2 tablespoons to every cup of lard or shortening a recipe calls for. Applesauce or prune puree are also suitable substitutes for lard or shortening. For every cup of lard or shortening, use ½ cup of puree. The rest are your basic pancake ingredients, so pick your favorite and fire up your Gen2 griddles.
This famous Pennsylvanian classic is made from vegetables and thinly-sliced pieces of steak, cooked on a griddle and served on a long roll with cheese. There is much debate as to the composition of a “true” Philly cheesesteak, so choose your version carefully. If you are not too reverent of the sacred cheesesteak, mix it up a little for those customers who prefer chicken, and offer them a chicken cheesesteak. Loyal Philadelphians might scoff, but those looking for an alternative will thank you for the leaner suggestion.
The hamburger is by far the most well-known component of the American fast-food meal. However, it is easy to elevate a simple burger with a few tweaks. Choose a theme and craft a burger to match, and you’ll have an original hit. Looking for a little barbeque? Hickory BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and bacon complete the burger. Going lighter? A patty made of shredded chicken and sundried tomatoes cooks well on Gen2 griddles. A spicy burger might be your basic beef topped with poblano peppers and chipotle mayo. Get creative with your condiments, and you’ll make an entrée not soon forgotten.