Every so often a product comes along which I love so much that I feel the need to tell everyone about it.
The product I am focused on today is a panini press: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler. We received it as a wedding present and it is one of those items that never leaves the kitchen counter because it gets used so frequently. The reason I love it is that it is so versatile and easy to clean.
One might ask, “Isn’t this almost the same thing as The George Forman Grill?” My answer is no and I will tell you why.
The grill pans are reversible and removable so when you are done, you simply remove and throw in the dishwasher or scrub by hand. There is also a drip pan underneath that is easy to remove and clean. When you fully close the grill the pans lie completely flat and parallel to one another. Even if you are grilling something uneven like a chicken breast, the grill compensates by making the same amount of space on the backside so you get even cooking and grill marks every time.
One side of the pan has the grill and the other side is completely flat like a griddle. You can also open The Griddler completely and have two flat surfaces to cook something like pancakes, two grills to have a flat grilling surface, or one of each. (This works for if you are making small portions of items and want them all cooking simultaneously.)
When you are done you simply remove the pans and drip pan.
The Griddler also has add on pans that you can buy seperately to turn your Griddler into a waffle maker.(Cuisinart Waffle Plates) We recently bought them and have been very pleased. It is nice to only have to store extra pans and not a whole appliance. I will say that the waffles are on the small side, but it makes 4 at a time and that is perfect for us.
The things I make most often on the Griddler are bacon (grill side), pancakes (griddle side), and hot press sandwiches. It has made my life easier in so many ways. It also really doesn’t take up all that much space (just slightly larger than a George Forman, but does way more). If you are looking for a fast and easy way to grill and much more, then I would recommend The Griddler by Cuisinart.
**I have had it for 5 years now and it is still going strong! This thing is built to last.
Check it out!