Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kitchen Essentials - Panini Press

For years I thought having a machine devoted to making "fancy" grilled cheese sandwiches was ridiculous.  That is, until I got one and have become OBSESSED with it!  My family surprised me with this Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler for my birthday last year.  To be fair, this isn't JUST a panini press.  It comes with reversible cook plates.  One side is a grill texture to give you those wonderful grill marks, and the other side is a flat griddle for cooking eggs, pancakes, hash browns, or anything you might cook in a pan.  
I have been very impressed with the evenness of the cooking and the ease of clean-up.  The non-stick plates are very easy to wash, and it comes with a scraping tool that fits in between the grill lines to scrape out any melted cheese that may have escaped from a cooking panini.  There is a drip tray below to catch any excess grease.  

As an added bonus, you can order waffle plates separately that fit perfectly into this machine.  Again, I have been impressed with the finished waffels in terms of their even color and texture.  It makes it so easy to enjoy a breakfast treat of fresh waffles.  So I guess this isn't just a machine for fancy grilled cheese sandwiches.  It does so much more and has become a kitchen essential in my home!

I purchased this unit on my own and was not compensated for this post.  The opinions expressed are completely my own.

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