Do not use glass dishes or casseroles while broiling, since glass cannot withstand very high temperatures.
Broiling is a quick cooking method in which food is directly cooked under high heat inside the oven broiler. It is similar to grilling, with the only difference that the source of heat is above the food in broiling, as opposed to grilling, where the heat source is below the food. Broiling is mainly used for meat, poultry, and fish although fruits and vegetables can also be broiled. Broiled foods brown on the surface and have a caramelized flavor.
Broiling is a healthy cooking option compared to frying since it eliminates fats from food (usually meat) while cooking. To achieve this, broiling is carried out in a specially designed vessel known as the ‘broiler pan’. In this Buzzle article, we will discuss what a broiler pan is and what are its alternatives.
The vessel which is used to hold the food while broiling is called a broiler pan. Usually, the broiler pan is rectangular in shape, and is composed of two pans that are placed one above the other. They are, a shallow upper-slotted pan and a deep lower-drip pan. The former holds the food and allows the drippings to drain into the lower pan, whereas the latter captures the drippings from the food placed in the upper pan.
Broiler pans can be easily purchased at local food and gourmet stores. However, if you do not have one, you can use some of the alternative cookware as discussed below.
Line the bottom of the broiler pan substitute with vegetables like carrots, onions, potatoes, or turnips. Place the meat on top of these vegetables, and keep it in the oven for broiling.
Place a wire cooling rack over the broiler pan substitute. Place the meat on the rack and keep it in the oven for broiling.
If you are using method #1, the fat drippings from the meat will season the vegetables as they cook along with the meat. These vegetables can hence be served as a side dish. If you do not wish to use vegetables, you can make use of aluminum foil instead. Make a few foil balls by crumpling the aluminum sheet and cover the entire bottom of the broiler pan substitute with them. Place the meat over the foil balls and cook.
You can use any metal pan for the broiling purpose as long as it does not warp under high heat. However, do not use a pan with plastic or wooden handles. Apart from this, you may also make use of certain ceramic containers that are specifically designed for broiling.