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Any thoughts re:Cuisinart Griddler

free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 17, 2006 03:44 AM

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

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    bogie RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 17, 2006 04:38 AM

    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.

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      free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: bogie Aug 18, 2006 10:13 PM

      Thanks so much. This is precisely the feedback I was looking for. Sounds like it is a lot of fun yet extremely practical.

    2. Candy RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 19, 2006 08:47 PM

      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.

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        free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Candy Aug 19, 2006 10:21 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion. I'd love one of those but my burners are too off set from one another for it to work.

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          Candy RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 20, 2006 08:10 PM

          i have to angle mine since i have a 5 burner gas cook top and adjust for differrent strength burners but it works!

      2. anna RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 20, 2006 05:11 PM

        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.

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          free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: anna Aug 23, 2006 05:03 AM

          Thanks for the BBB tip. That would be nice little savings.

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