I came across an interesting grill pan the other day and thought I would share some pictures. I really have no idea where this pan came from, it literally showed up in my collection of pots and pans a few weeks ago; someone who is familiar with my obsessions must have snuck it in just to see if I would notice.
This is an older pan manufactured by Roch Guss. The pan is 10.5 inches, has sides about an inch deep, a wooden handle and a spout on one corner. The pan is made with clad aluminum but I am unsure about the non-stick coating.
The design of this pan is very odd; specifically, what is up with the spout on the corner? The only possible reason for this feature (that I can think of at least) is to pour the fat off from whatever you are grilling. I’ve got to say, if you are grilling something that has so much fat that you actually need a special spout to pour it off then you have already lost at the game! Initially I thought the spout might be related to the utilization of a braising liquid but I don’t think that makes much since given the absence of a lid (hard to slow simmer on the stovetop without one) and the presence of the wooden handle (not sure that I would put it in the oven).
Funky design aside, I found that this is an excellent little pan and am pleased to add it to my arsenal. I broke the pan in with a standard pressed fried egg and cheese sandwich and followed up with a few quesadillas. The pan put out some very nice grill marks and was easy to clean despite an abundance of melted cheese.
I am sure that you could find a pan like this for a few bucks at a flea market or a garage sale. There is nothing fancy about this pan and it works great. There is no need to spend big bucks on kitchen gear unless you want to.
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