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Need Advice: burning my food (creating the campfire effect without actual fire)

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Need Advice: burning my food (creating the campfire effect without actual fire)

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polyg | | Aug 8, 2010 08:21 AM

I had a very happy accident lately: I have left potatoes to boil on the stove, had to attend to something and when I was back, they were scorched and not unlike camp-fire potatoes. Yummy. The pot: made of regular metal (not cast iron or anything) - was black and difficult (but not impossible) to clean.

I suddenly thought that I can actually sometimes try out BBQ / grilling / camp-fire recipes at home (another point: I understand that in the US it is standard to have a BBQ grill in your balcony/yard, but I live in a European sized flat, with big balcony, but with house regulations that would prevent setting fire to anything in the flat or on the balcony).

So, are there any ways of making the "camp-fire"/grill affect at home? I saw that some ethnic stores around here sell electric grilling plates - are these things any good as an alternative for meat/shrimp (for the winter, for times when you don't feel like grilling outside with the whole gear)? What about other ways to "burn" my food?

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