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Should I buy a Pannini Press?

I don't know why I am so obsessed with pannini's lately! For years, I was perfectly happy grilling up a grilled cheese on the pan, but now I feel like I need a press!!

Am I crazy? Is it a complete waste of money?...just like when the coffee craze came about and I bought this ridiculous expresso cappucino maker, now it's in the basement.

Just curious on anyones thoughts! Thanks!

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  1. Waste of money, waste of space. Do you have two cast-iron skillets? That's what I use. If not, do you have access to bricks? I don't; I live in New York City. An awful lot of pannini presses are sold. I guess a lot of people are happy with them. But do you need it? Nope, you don't.

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    1. re: JoanN

      Thanks, Joan! I live close by you, (Monmouth Co. NJ) and you put my mind at ease. I guess it's because every week I see them on sale in Macy's, thinking I will use it, when I am so sure I won't! You are so right about the space factor!

      Thanks, I feel better already :)

      1. re: JoanN

        Joan, I agree with you. I find the pannini press to be something that will just gather dust. I have always used a grill pan on the bottom and a cast iron skillet to apply weight to the top.
        A foil-wrapped brick can be applied to the cast iron skillet it you need more weight.

        1. re: JoanN

          Pretty smart thinking,if you got both pans hot enough be o.k.,im going to have to try that.

        2. Yes you should. I love my Panni press. But I do not use as often as I like to. Also get the expresso machine out of the basement and enjoy . Panni and Expresso you can't go wrong.
          BTW . The George Foreman grill make a nice panni.So if you have one use it Before spending a few bucks.

          1. The reason to get a panini press is, with the nonstick coating and high heat acheived, you can grill a crispy sandwich with no grease!

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            1. re: Gin and It

              Gin and It- OMG!

              And leave off the most important part of the outside? I gotta have my real butter fix! Dry grilled cheese to me is unpleasant.

              Of course you are in charge of your own arteries so I do not mean to give you a hard time about it. Take care!

              ...Ron

              1. re: Gin and It

                And, you get the nice striped pattern!

                But, it is a pain to store...and it's heavy!

                ~TDQ

              2. I'm very pleased with my Cuisinart Griddler. It has both panini grills and flat griddles; they're interchangeable. One nice thing about this model is that it opens flat, so you can use it as a flat-top grill or griddle. Which, when you consider the small stoves that many kitchens are equipped with, might not be a bad idea for a small kitchen.

                Somehow, a sandwich oozing with gruyere cheese, sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper, made totally crisp by the panini maker, is a thing of beauty.

                Now, why do I have a chicken in the oven when I'm no longer in the mood for it?

                1. I vote yes. You can make do with almost any kitchen appliance, but that doesn't mean it's a waste to have one.