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Just got the Cuisinart Griddler...

jrmd Jul 11, 2007 01:03 PM

Now what should I make?

  1. Candy Jul 11, 2007 03:01 PM

    Did you buy it on a whim or did you have something in mind when you made the purchase?

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    1. re: Candy
      jrmd Jul 11, 2007 03:18 PM

      We got it as a gift. It looks awesome. Just looking for pannini ideas, etc.

      1. re: jrmd
        Candy Jul 11, 2007 05:38 PM

        I'd probably return it for something more useful and that can do more things with and has easier clean up. It is a one trick pony. Do you have the storage space? Do you eat a lot of panninis? If you had a grill stove top pan and a brick you can make a lot of pannini or chicken under a brick etc.and that pan is easy to store and easier to clean. Can you actually see yourself in 5+ years using this appliance? Yeah cool and a hot item at the moment being pushed heavily by the mfg and retailers but 6 mos to a year from now? What other dust gatherer will be the "in " item then? These have not stood the taste of time and may be the next hot item 2nd time around in thrift shops etc.

        1. re: Candy
          Janet Jul 11, 2007 11:54 PM

          We have had one for 1 1/2 years. We use it regularly. I do paninis, grill pork, sausage, chops, chicken, vegetables, mushrooms. I have done bacon, and looking to do eggs on it also. Clean up is easy. And for health problem, it is a wonderful low fat way to cook. Painni is just grilled sandwiches. It makes great cheese sandwiches. What ever we have we use. I put on cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onions(already grilled) turkey,chicken, ham, beef on regular bread; on sanwich buns; or a specialty bread. They all grill. Bread, seasoning, your favorite meat, and toppings these make great panini.

          Yes, storage is an issue. I am lucky and have room. We love our Griddler.

          1. re: Candy
            ccbweb Jul 12, 2007 06:34 AM

            Do you have one, Candy?

            It sits on our counter and gets used at least twice a week. Save for the coffee pot there isn't another appliance in our kitchen that gets use that regularly, regardless of season. It isn't a one-trick pony by any stretch. it comes with both grill plates and griddle plates. Pancakes, french toast, fried eggs, grilled cheese, panini, chicken, steak, fish, vegetables...all easily cooked on the griddler. The plates come off and are dishwasher safe (and we've run ours through the dishwasher too many times to count over the few years we've had it and they're still as easy to clean up as when we got it).

            So, I'm not sure where you get the notion that the griddler is hard to clean or isn't versitile. I think its a terrific addition to a kitchen and can, in fact, replace 2 or 3 other pans or appliances.

            1. re: ccbweb
              Candy Jul 12, 2007 08:24 AM

              No what I have is a Le Creuset grill/griddle. It reverses depending on what you are doing. It covers 2 burners. Is heavy cast iron, cleans up in rhe sink and is only about 1/2" thick. I've had it close to 20 years

              1. re: Candy
                ccbweb Jul 12, 2007 09:36 AM

                An excellent piece of kitchen equipment, certainly.

                1. re: ccbweb
                  Candy Jul 13, 2007 10:15 AM

                  It doed a great pannini if you use the griddle side and put a brick on it.

      2. leanneabe Jul 13, 2007 09:04 AM

        I would make a batch of onion confit to keep in the fridge so it's readily available to spread on a sandwich at any time.

        Then I'd make breakfast for dinner to test the pancake capacity of the griddle! Maybe pancakes on one side and eggs and bacon on the other?

        I've been contemplating buying one of these for a while. So far the only thing holding me back is the fact that the grill plates aren't reversible and I'd have to store a set of the plates - minor problem, I know.

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          jenhen2 Jul 16, 2007 07:38 AM

          We do grilled cheese which is awesome. Also grilled veggies and chicken breasts make a great dinner. It's an amazing appliance -- you'll love it!

          1. reubensandperrier Jul 20, 2007 10:33 AM

            I got my griddler for christmas and I use it probably 3-4 times a week. I love using it to grill chicken breasts, pork chops, sausage, make paninis, grill vegetables, make pancakes or fritters, and everything in between. It's so easy to clean up and for someone like me who has a flat top stove where a grill pan is a no-no, it's a fantastic alternative.

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              mexivilla Jun 10, 2008 06:10 AM

              Just took a look at the GR-4 at Amazon.com. They have a one day sale at $113.46 along with a disturbing picture for dog lovers.

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                sandih Jun 10, 2008 07:24 AM

                I've had my griddler for 3 years now and love it. It's a dream to clean up cause both the griddle plate and the ribbed plate have non-stick surfaces. You can open it flat for making a larger number of pancakes etc than you can in a regular skillet. What we really love it for is panninis. OMG, get a ciabatta, slice it up and put some olive spread, marinated bell peppers, salami, some lovely cheese or what ever, then brush the outside of both pieces of bread with olive oil. Place on the ribbed griddle and close the lid, pressing slightly. I usually wait about 10-12 minutes until it's golden brown. You will not regret buying this. Just because you won't use it every day doesn't mean that it's not worth having!

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