Merry Christmas (Eve)!
Today my dad and sister (Dana) cooked up some potato side dishes for the Ronald McDonald House (good deed alert!), so we happened to have a bunch of marshmallows floating around the kitchen. A rare treat!
Dana crafted a gingerbread s’more (above), using the microwave. In case you’ve never tried it, marshmallows expand BIG TIME in the microwave. I’m not a fan of microwaved marshmallows, because I like the crispy outer-shell char of a marshmallow roasted on an open flame.
We have an electric stove-top so I couldn’t figure out where to find a flame– until I remembered that my office gave us Zippo lighters for Christmas!
As a non-smoker, that’s the best use I can think of for a lighter. Roasted marshmallows, on the go! (I used a toothpick as a skewer.) They were still a little raw on the inside, so I kept cooking as I ate. (You can also use one of those long kitchen lighters… I think ours is out of fuel.) (I’m also not sure if you’re supposed to cook food directly over a gas-fueled flame, but it was only two marshmallows… hopefully I’ll live.)
I’m so Zippo illiterate that the first time I lit it, I could not figure out how to make the flame stop. I was trying to blow it out, like a birthday candle. (FYI, you have to close the lid to extinguish the fire.)
Finally, here’s a picture of the marshmallows that were oven-roasted atop the sweet potatoes. We’ve never done this before (as far as I can remember), and it looks like they got a little overzealous with the broiler.
The white underneaths kinda make the casserole look like it has a heavenly light shining out of it. Briquettes floating on clouds!
How do you enjoy your marshmallows? What’s the best way to cook them? I still say campfire! (Or some sort of open flame.)