This is another essential kitchen tool. There are so many uses for a griddle – making pancakes and French toast, for example. When making a recipe like the Black Bean Cakes or Risotto Cakes using a light spray of olive oil will help them brown and crisp properly.
There was a time when only pans of lesser quality were made with non-stick coatings but now most of the better manufacturers make excellent quality non-stick products. That said, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a griddle. The griddle that I use is an inexpensive one that I bought at Kmart that I have used for over 5 years. It cost all of $14.00.