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Not just a sandwich,
This review is from: 200 Best Panini Recipes (Paperback)
O.K. I love cookbooks. I also love sandwiches. So what's not to love here. In my opinion, the term "Panini" is a bit overused these days, but marketing is marketing. The recipies in this book are intelligent, classy, fun and of course, delicious. My wife and I have tried 3 to date and are well on our way to try, not all, but many more. The layout, the "tips" and the headers for the sandwiches allows you access to the amount of thought that went into this book. I typically love cookbooks with many, many pictures. This book, however, doesn't need that many. The sandwichs' name is a picture in itself. Don't get me wrong, the pictures the book does have are beautiful. So, yes, I love this book. And by the way, who needs to go out and buy a panini grill when the ol' George Foreman works just great.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2009 4:38:20 PM PST
Paul Ferrara says:
As does a grill pan and a bacon press. Or even a griddle and a bacon press.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2009 4:16:44 PM PDT
All of the George Foreman grills that I have seen have slanted grill plates, so some ingredients and cheese in panini slides off. Also only a few George Foreman's have floating grill covers so the back part of the sandwich will be press more then the front and this exacerbated the food sliding off.
The George Foreman grills that have these features cost much more then the high-end panini/grill/griddle presses out there that have more features, so if you are thinking of purchasing a grilling unit, especially if making panini options I would weigh your options carefully.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010 4:11:27 PM PST
Julia Greer says:
Enigma, I found that as well (that with a George Foreman, the back of each sandwich was smashed nearly flat, while the front half was left flailing open and didn't cook well). I wanted something that didn't have Teflon on it, anyway... so I did as Paul Ferrara suggested and went with a completely "old-school" solution: a cast iron grill pan (actually, a reversible two-burner grill/griddle) plus a cast iron panini press. Both pieces together cost less than the panini presses I had looked at, but without the toxic chemicals. Plus there's so much more you can do with a grill pan (especially the reversible one with a griddle).
Now I just need a great cookbook to make more mouth-watering paninis... thanks to Brigid's and others' reviews, I may have just found it!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 4:08:46 AM PDT
Thank you so much for your insights! After looking at what you suggested, although I already have the reversible two-burner grill/griddle, I think that I am going to try the Rome Cast Iron Panini and Sandwich Maker, because I find my griddle inconvenient. That is just me. I totally understand why you recommended what you did. I would never have tried to make Panini at home without your advice, so thank you very very much!
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