The oven in our home is enormously inefficient. It takes so long to preheat because it has to preheat our whole kitchen first. This all makes for quite an unpleasant conundrum in the summer, but under the right influence it can also lead to some unexpected discoveries. Why not keep the house cool by keeping the oven off and cooking outside? Why not try cooking a Dutch Baby on the grill?
A Dutch Baby (also known as Big Pancake — see Sara Kate's recipe for it here) is one of the simplest and most satisfying things you can prepare. It's like a lazy man's pancake. Same ingredients, half the work. This suggestion from my wife was one I could totally get on board with. Breakfast for dinner and food on the grill? Done and done.
Cooking a Dutch Baby on the grill makes it even more delightful — the higher heat allows the dough to rise more, and develop a more layered crust. You'll want to peek in and snap some #latergrams because this one-skillet-dish will not make it to tomorrow.
A Dutch Baby is only complete after you top it with copious amounts of powdered sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice. You then set it out on a table, dive in, and devour.
All that joy, and no hot kitchen to deal with after? Yet more proof that grilling can be the answer to your first world problems.
(Images: Chris Perez)