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Sep 4, 2008 07:32 AM

Recipes for the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine?

My husband just won a George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine at a raffle. Last night I made andouille quesadillas, which came out good, nice and crispy, oozing with cheese. The cheese spilled onto the grill, but clean up was a snap! A friend told me when in college she would use a Foreman grill for leftover pizza. She folded the slice and placed it on the grill. I'm going to try that too. Any other innovative recipe ideas?

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  1. Congratulations to your husband! I don't have any exact recipes; we use our GF grill for elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches and panini of every conceivable combination. Didn't have much luck with grilling fish or meat so we stick to what works best for us. Have fun experimenting.

    1. I've sliced eggplant and zucchini basted with EVOO w/garlic powder salted and grilled with good results....

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      1. re: pondrat

        Yum- eggplant is the best on the grill- sliced thick. Asparagus. Portabella mushrooms.

        My favorite is to use good sized boneless skinnless chix, seasoned with salt and pepper and a little oil only- the trick is afterward it is done, putting in a bowl with your choice of dressing/glaze over the top and wrapping in saran wrap- while letting it rest- gather greens in a bowl and dress accordingly- chop chicken -mix -season enjoy. Crunchy bread mixed in there is a plus.

        I use mine on top of my stove- that has been covered with newspaper. Turn the fan on, and I am ready to go.

        I have, but haven't used recently- a GF Roaster- that holds a med sized whole chicken, or a tri tip. Once did a turkey breast in it. It cooks chicken perfectly, better than the local grocery deli.

        1. re: JalamaMama

          Do these generate a lot of smoke? I have one I haven't used yet. Bought for quick sandwiches and things when it's really hot to avoid heating things up. Do I need to worrry about the smoke thing?

          1. re: karykat

            It is not so much the smoke I am putting I under fan for, its any aroma I guess. And, with limited space in my kitchen, it keeps my counter free while I am cooking on the GFG.

            The only thing I ever worry about is run-off, and I have 2 trays to catch the juices, so I just inerchange them. Hence the newpaper.

      2. Hi Michele,

        The GF grill is great for a certain few things and I am quite fond of mine. It makes the best bacon I have ever tasted, and drains the grease out for easy saving in a jar (or disposal, if you are so inclined). It is easy to control the crispness/doneness level of the bacon to your liking and the top cover keeps the grease from spraying everywhere.

        Breakfast sausage patties also do very well. It's handy when cooking breakfast for a crowd and you already have a lot of pans on the stove.

        I also like grilling sandwiches on it and my favorite is open-faced cheddar and onion. Layer wheat bread, cheddar, and top with a big slice of red onion. Brush top of onion with olive oil or melted butter, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, then close the grill directly onto the onion. Let it go for about 1:00 and you will have a tender-crisp caramelized onion slice on top of melted cheddar and crusty bread.

        I don't think the Foreman is much good for lean meats like chicken breast or pork chops because it doesn't get hot enough to sear the outside quickly enough. To get any browning you have to leave the meat sitting there long enough to completely dry it out. It can make lean meat edible, but not good.

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        1. re: RealMenJulienne

          Hi Julienne and all,
          steaks and chicken came out fine for me.I need to know however if I am imagining things. I have no booklet and will look online. However does this machine shut off when the meat is done. I mean I see it happening and wonder how it knows. I have cooked hamburgers pork chops and hot dogs lol
          They were so good. I bought a brand new one in a thrift store for $3.99. I liked it so much and needed another one for the both of us. So I was at a store the other day that was next to another thrift shop. So I said why not. Go check. I went in and there it sat waiting for me. Another brand new one still in box, for $7.99. Can't beat it. However whoever donated them did not send along the directions. Anyway I need to know how it knows when the meat is done. It was scary yesterday with the pork. But when I used the thermometor it was done.

          1. re: daynia

            I don't think it's going to tell you when the meat is done. I think it would tell you when the heating element goes off.

        2. agree with veggies, especially onion rings and eggplant...

          turkey burgers, and all the meat incarnations...

          polenta rounds

          try fruit like pineapple rings, apple and pear slices, along with some cake slices for dessert

          1. I mention in another post I grilled a trout and it came out really nice. Last night I took some boiled potatoes left over from the other day, and a bit of olive oil and salt and grilled them up. I also did some skewered shrimp. They came out great too!