For the longest time, I have been pining away for a sandwich grill or press. Not necessarily a panini press per se, but anything that would grill my sandwiches in the kitchen. Much like the mini food processor we recently bought, a little grill for the kitchen has always been something I’ve wanted for a very long time. I’ve daydreamed about monte crisco sandwiches, grilled cheddar and avocado, fresh buffalo mozzarella and grilled peppers, and every other delicious sandwich combination I can think of.
I know you can make a grilled sandwich on a skillet or out on the grill, but it’s not the same. I want those awesome grill marks, I love the way the sandwich press grills our sandwiches without the flipping, and I want to be able to do it anytime during the year. I know some very dedicated grillers out there who haul their barbeque out even in the winter (one of them being my mum’s longtime barista at the coffee shop), but that wouldn’t fly in my house so a portable kitchen grill was only saving grace.
Just yesterday, our dreams of crunchy grilled bread and ooey gooey melted cheese were fulfilled when we introduced our little George Foreman grill to our kitchen! On sale for $15! Our kitchen was very ecstatic. And by that, I really mean me and my mum and brother 😀 We finally had our beloved sandwich press and we put “George” to work right away. Even though I’m sure many people use the grill for vegetables and meat and the like, this baby here is fully being utilized as a sandwich press and quesadilla maker in our kitchen. Apologies for the lack of the grilling-in-process photos though, I was too preoccupied watching the cheese melt and oohing and ahhing at the grill marks on my bread to snap photos of it all happening.
First up: the classic ham and grilled cheese! We used blackforest ham, swiss cheese, and two kinds of bread to make our sandwiches: thick multigrain and caraway rye which we bought at the farmers’ market at David Pecaut Square on Thursday. Sweet mother of pearl do I ever love this sandwich press! It only takes a few minutes to preheat and our sandwiches literally took 3 minutes for each of them to be perfectly melted and grilled. It’s so incredibly easy to use and it doesn’t take up much counter space in the kitchen at all. I cannot wait to bust out a gazillion more kinds of sandwiches, and don’t even get me started on how excited I am about making quesadillas! George has done very well his first time up and I can see him being a longtime friend of ours and our kitchen for many years to come.