The holidays are a whirlwind of activity.
Between decorating, gift shopping, travel plans, and hosting parties, your schedule fills up fast. And we can’t forget all the cooking!
Elaborate holiday meals take lots of preparation and juggling multiple dishes at once. But having an induction cooktop makes it possible to serve up those special recipes without the fuss and hassle.
Induction’s instant, even heating and precise temperature control lets you shave off precious time in the kitchen. For example, induction ovens can roast a turkey in just 2 hours compared to 4 hours in a conventional oven.
You’ll have more bandwidth to relax and enjoy the festivities when you leverage induction’s cooking perks.
Let’s look at how induction can help you cook your entire holiday feast in a flash.
Recipe: Induction-Seared Roast Beef with Red Wine Reduction
- 2 lbs beef tenderloin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pat tenderloin dry and generously season with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in a cast iron skillet on high induction setting. Sear beef 2 minutes per side.
- Remove beef and lower heat to medium. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
- Deglaze pan with wine and broth. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Whisk in butter and season sauce.
- Slice beef and serve topped with sauce.
Benefits of Induction for Holiday Cooking
Induction tops traditional gas and electric ranges with these time-saving advantages:
Induction immediately transfers energy to cookware, rather than slowly heating the surface underneath. This allows you to boil water in under 2 minutes and get pans searing hot for quick sautés.
Even Heat Distribution
Pans heat evenly across induction burners, eliminating hot spots. Your food cooks uniformly for better results.
Precise Temperature Control
Induction offers more accurate low to high heat settings versus flame or traditional electric coils. Hit the right simmer or sauté temp every time.
Rapid Boil and Simmer
Induction brings liquids to a rapid boil significantly faster, and keeps them at a steady simmer with no fluctuation. Perfect for gravies, sauces and more.
Ideal for Searing and Sautéing
The instant, distributed heat quickly caramelizes proteins and vegetables to lock in flavor.
Spills and splatters wipe right off the glass surface. No scrubbing burned on messes.
Tackle multiple dishes at once with induction’s 2, 3 or 4 burner range tops.
Tips for Streamlined Thanksgiving with Induction
Thanksgiving dinner involves orchestrating several dishes from appetizers to dessert. Induction allows you to cook faster while managing everything on the stovetop and in the oven.
- Roast your turkey in under 2 hours by using an induction oven or cooktop to provide consistent, even heat all around the bird. Monitor the temperature probe so it emerges perfectly moist.
- Make rich turkey pan gravy in minutes after roasting. The induction burner will rapidly simmer and reduce the stock and juices from the turkey into a delicious gravy.
- Cook the entire meal using multiple burners. Sauté green beans in one pan, mash potatoes on another burner, and maintain a steady simmer for your cranberry sauce hands-free.
- Deep fry a turkey safely with induction’s instant temperature control and no open flames. Adjust to reach the ideal 360-375°F oil temp for perfectly crispy, golden turkey.
Wow Guests with Induction-Prepared Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinners tend to be even more lavish, complete with elegant roasts, decadent desserts and lots of piping hot sides. Take the pressure off yourself by using induction.
- Sear beef tenderloin or prime rib to a perfect medium-rare. The immediate high heat gives a flavorful crust without overcooking the interior.
- Make sauces like demi glace or beurre blanc ahead of time. Keep them safely held at a bare simmer for hours using induction to maintain the right temp.
- Steam sides like broccoli and asparagus to bright green perfection. Induction boils water faster so you can quickly start steaming.
- Prepare soups and stews hours ahead and keep warm at an ideal serving temperature until dinner. No burning or boiling over!
- Temper chocolate with incredible precision using an induction cooktop. This allows you to make gourmet candy confections and decadent desserts with a glossy coat. This allows you to make gourmet candy confections and decadent desserts with a glossy coat.
Induction Care Tips
- Always use cookware suitable for induction – cast iron and stainless steel work great.
- Avoid aluminum and copper.
- Lift rather than slide pans to avoid scratching the glass surface.
With induction ranges and ovens, you won’t find yourself scrambling to get all the components of your holiday feasts cooked in time. The instant, controlled heat lets you cook multiple dishes simultaneously and achieve perfect results every time. Spend less time in the kitchen, and more time enjoying the holidays this year!