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Saturday, August 1, 2020

So We Bought One of These Today at Target ...

A Cuisinart Griddler 4-in-1 ....

(Not my pic, we just finished eating 5 minutes ago, and wanted to be sure it cooked well and the food was tasty first, before we recommended it ;)  






... and it's FANTASTIC!

So the "4-in-1" part means it's a griddle, smokeless indoor grill, panini press, and searer :)

We wanted to try one of the smaller ones first, to see if it worked properly and sealed in the flavor, because I've used George Foremans before, and they suck all the flavor out/are very drying.

So I just finished grilling some veggies - zucchini, yellow squash, red bell peppers, and onions, olive oil, garlic, and fresh lemon juice) - to go with some leftover chicken shawarma, as a sort of test run - and they were perfect! 

Using the grill plates, I put the veggies just one side and pressed down the with the grill plate attached (like you would a panini) -  they cooked through in less than 6 minutes on "sear" mode.  It took me more time to chop the veggies lol.

(Again, we didn't take pictures before we ate to make sure they looked and tasted okay before recommending it - but I swear to you, they looked just like this!)





And the flavor - though not as good as a charcoal grill, no - still delicious - and not drying like the old GF grills (at least how they used to be).

You can also do a half-grill/half-griddle combo at the same time, just by flipping one of the plates, i.e., you're making fajitas or quesadillas, so the griddle side toasts the tortillas, while the grill side cooks the veggies/meat.





It will take the veggies just a tad longer, this way, and you WILL have to flip your veggies yourself to get sear marks on both sides, because you're using the press lid as the grill, but what a cool combo!

You can flip the plates in seconds, it heats up/cools down super fast.   In fact, I can't even see a reason to by the bigger, more expensive one, since it's just the two of us, during COVID. Plus at it's current size, it fits nicely on my counter, not much bigger than my toaster!

The only real difference besides the size are the waffle plates, making it a 5-in-1, which I can buy separately.

The clean-up will take my less than 30 seconds by hand or I can pop the plates in the dishwasher.

I guess the real test will be how it works with meant, but thus far, I'm super impressed - good stuff, 5 stars!





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