Any thoughts re:Cuisinart Griddler
I've read some old posts but being that there are new Chowhounds amoungst us I was wondering what the current opinion is. I have a George Foreman but it lacks in a lot of ways. I'd like to grill chicken, make paninis and make the occasional french toast. Thanks
I can't say enough good things about the Griddler. I live in Toronto in a very small apartment with even smaller kitchen, no air-conditioning either.
It is so useful when you don't want to heat up your place with a major appliance.
Use it for full breakfasts, pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese, paninis, grilled chicken breast, rib-eye steak sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and toasting/grilling bread for crostini. Grills vegetables very quickly, too.
You can also use it to warm up convenience foods like pizza pops, sausage rolls and Jamaican patties.
I have a Le Creuset reversible grill/griddle. It is cast iron fits over 2 burners and is 1/2" thick counting the rims. For pannini you can just put a foil covered brick on the sandwich using the grill side. It stores easily and takes up no counter space which I have plenty of. No Foreman's or Griddlers are needed. I have grilled steaks on it when it was too windy to have the gas grill going and other meats, it makes great sandwiches, pancakes etc.
I love my griddler, though I admit I don't use it very often. I've had success grilling raw meat that isn't too thick. I think the downfall is trying to grill a tri-tip on it. The meat is a little think and it ends up taking a very long time. But for what you've mentioned about making, it sounds just fine.
I've really not seen the griddler on sale anywhere. If there is a Bed Bath and Beyond close by you, the 20% discount coupon should get you a good deal.