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Thread: Pannini Press

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    My wife thinks I need a pannini press to make sandwiches. I think it would be a "storage nightmare" to have another seldom used appliance. So, I'm thinking one of these things will show up for Father's Day, she's been keeping the Williams-Sonoma catalog close to her chair.

    My question: Do any of you have one? Do you use it and like it? what kind of bread do you use to make your sandwiches?

    T.

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    Alton Brown, I believe, suggests using a heated cast iron skillet on top. Might be cheaper and use less cabinet space than a rarely-used electrical device.

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    AB was my first thought when I read the OP: No Uni-Taskers!
    Coquo, ergo sum.

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    my wife uses a brick.
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    George, you destroyed me with your comment!!! I always thought that a pannini press ranked right up there with the salad shooter!!! I have a small Foreman grill that was a present that works great as a pannini press but it would be easier to store a brick.

    Ben

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    I have used a heavy cast iron skillet and it works great. Heat it up first and it stays nice and hot. Forget the pannini press.

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    Do you eat waffles? IF so, waffle makers come with interchangebale plates nowadays. Less than $50...

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    I have a brick that I wrap in foil.

    You can use Italian, French, Ciabatta, etc.

    One of my favorite's is a "Cuban", smoked or roasted pork (or chicken) topped with ham, then some meunster, or swiss, pickles, sprinkle of BBQ seasoning, and mayo.
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    I use AB’s method all the time and it works great.
    Heat 2 CI skillets (one that will fit inside the other) on high for about 5 min while you make the sammie. Turn off heat, Spray outside of sammie with EVOO and inside of one CI and outside bottom of the other, insert sammie between the 2 and wait a few min until done….

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    Yeah, I wouldn't clutter up my kitchen storage with another seldom used appliance. Foiled bricks are great mutli-taskers, ie, sandwich press, bacon press, garlic smasher, home burglar head smasher, etc...

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