Broil:A cooking method that uses radiant heat (a fancy way of saying your oven broiler) to cook food from the top down. You can broil anything from hot dogs to chicken breasts to fish. The high heat of the broiler (over 500 degrees Fahrenheit) is a quick, flavorful way to cook foods. It's also useful for quickly melting cheese or sugar on top of a casserole or dessert. Hint: If your toaster is broken, you can use the broiler to make toast easily—just make sure the bread doesn't burn.