Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hate to say it, but Independence Day this year has been a bit disappointing around these parts. Plans of backyard barbecues, playtime in the yard, and long walks to the fireworks have given way to soggy porch furniture, swampy grass, and drizzly overcast skies. Not what we usually imagine for our annual celebration of summer. But I guess it’s gotta happen sometimes, right?
So we grilled our brats on our indoor grill and ate them with potato chips at the kitchen table, and, instead of the backyard, the kiddo rolled around the family room in a sea of Legos. (Which probably made him just as happy . . .)
I was a bit disappointed about the s’mores, though. I don’t eat them very often (really about once a year), but when I do, I love me some s’mores! But without being able to use the backyard grill, I wasn’t too sure what to do with them. I’ve tried roasting them over the stove in the past, and if you have an electric range this works okay. But if you have gas like we do, your marshmallows will end up tasting like gas. Blech!
Ditto for sternos. (I know a lot of lifestyle experts recommend setting up a s’more bar with them, but they just don’t turn out tasting good. And we didn’t have any on hand anyway.)
I’ve also tried the microwave method in the past, and based on that experience, I do not recommend ever microwaving marshmallows. Even if you only zap them for a few seconds, they turn out crunchy, chewy, and rather inedible.
So, what to do?
I decided to experiment with the broiler, and this method turned out some awesome s’mores! The broiled s’mores tasted just like they were roasted over a campfire because the broiler allowed them to get that fire-roasted layer of char. Yum!
So here’s what I did:
1. Preheat the broiler for at least 5 minutes.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (optional, but I like it for the easy cleanup.) Lay out on the tray the desired number of graham cracker squares and top with a marshmallow each.
3. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows develop the desired level of char. (I recommend keeping the oven light on so you can watch them without needing to open the oven door. They will brown up quick!)
4. Once they reach your desired level of color, remove from the oven and immediately top with a square of chocolate and another graham cracker.
5. Enjoy delicious, tasty s’mores; no campfire necessary!