Toaster ovens are versatile, cooking a wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, as well as snacks and desserts. Different types of toasted bread are often made in a toaster oven. There is space to make two open-face sandwiches with melted cheese, toasted bagels or plain toast.
Toaster ovens can handle baking chores as well as crisping, frying and drying various foods. Large toaster ovens are sometimes used for baking cookies. Usually, one batch of cookies is placed on a small baking pan and baked for a set amount of time. Most large toaster ovens can also accommodate a muffin pan for baking homemade muffins. Baking a small cake, or a loaf of quick bread, is possible in some models.
Toaster ovens are not known for having the ability to fry foods, but they do crisp bacon nicely when the bacon is placed on aluminum foil. Preheating the toaster oven beforehand is recommended when cooking bacon. During hotter months, cooking dinner with a toaster oven is an energy-saving alternative to heating a big oven. Dinner foods that turn out well in a toaster oven include smaller items such as chicken breasts, vegetables and rolls. Toaster ovens are also great for heating up snacks such as French fries or nachos with cheese.