Test Kitchen tips: Comal
Commonly used in Mexican cooking, comales are flat round or oval griddles that are generally made of metal or cast iron and easily fit over one or two stove-top burners.
Comales are used to cook and toast everything from tortillas and meats to chiles and spices. Just this morning we used the comal in the Test Kitchen to whip up some grilled cheese sandwiches.
Comales are generally inexpensive and can be found at Latin supermarkets and cooking stores as well as online. A basic metal comal should set you back no more than $10; the cast iron type can be found for a few dollars more.
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