Ronco is a name known throughout households for their great kitchen products including their home dehydrating systems and their rotisseries. Products that make doing the tasks around the kitchen seamless while you continue to live your life. Ronco sent me their Showtime 5500 Stainless Rotisserie to test and review.
In the past, when we wanted rotisserie chicken we’d have to buy it from the store or the local market. I have made turkeys for the holidays but have never roasted a chicken at home. We usually eat chicken, but just boneless skinless chicken breasts.
The thought of using the rotisserie was a bit intimidating, I knew how to prep the chicken but all the separate parts seemed a bit much. It was a nice surprise to see how easy it was put together once all the pieces were washed. One part still intimidated me – the rotisserie spit. How do you get the meat on it? I had never trussed a chicken before. I was happy that on my first attempt the chicken slid right onto the spit, I placed the other end on and put it right into the rotisserie.
The Showtime 5500 comes with a lot of different parts, so you can make more than just chicken or turkey – the possibilities are almost endless. Besides the rotisserie spit which is great for chicken, turkey and large roasts, the Showtime 5500 comes with a multipurpose basket. In the basket you can make vegetables, burgers, steaks, fish and chicken fillets. You just adjust the time for what you are making and walk away.
One of my favorite features of the Showtime 5500 is that you don’t have to set the temperature. The Showtime 5500 has “perfect preset temperature”, you just set the time according to what you’re making and it comes out perfectly.
The first thing I made in the Showtime 5500 was a 4 1/2 pound chicken. Once I put it in the rotisserie, set the time for an hour and 15 minutes (15 minutes for each pound) and let it cook. It wasn’t very long at all before the whole house smelled of roasting chicken and all of our stomachs were growling. The chicken came out perfectly and we had a fantastic lunch that day.
We wanted to see what else I could make in the rotisserie – it did come with the multipurpose basket. I tossed some potate wedges with some oil and onion soup mix and let them cook for about a half hour. They were a great side dish with lunch the next day. The multipurpose basket is extremely easy to use – just fill it up and fit the lid on over the food. On each side there are two loops that you feed the spit on so it fits easily in the rotisserie.
I love the options that the Showtime 5500 Rotisserie comes with, and the flexibility of dinner options I can set up and walk away. Everything has come out tasting fantastic and has had minimal effort in making it. The only thing that I think could be improved would be the oven gloves that came with the unit – they didn’t seem to hold up to the heat of the chicken coming out of the rotisserie.
The Showtime 5500 isn’t an appliance you use once in a while and put away, or will gather dust. Instead ours is getting used several times a week. I’m already looking into getting the kabob rod set and steamer tray to expand our dinner options. The biggest problem we’ve had since the rotisserie is our cats now associate it with left over chicken and they will sit and watch the food cook.
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