A little over a month ago, my husband and I went to Target (Love, love, love Target). We were actually looking for something else, but when we saw the Hamilton Beach Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker, it was love at first sight. There was no going back. Into the cart it went and I brought our newest Kitchen baby home to meet all of its shiny brothers and sisters.
This has, actually, been the best buy we’ve made in a long time. I’ve used it countless times and in countless ways. Below are some that have been my family’s favorites:
- My oldest daughter LOVES French Toast – I’ve used the Panini Press to make quick and easy French Toast for her. No Skillet required. The trick is to not get the bread quite as drenched as you might for a skillet.
- One of our favorite Panini Press Sandwiches is an Italian Club I came up with. I use Italian bread (of course, right?), Canadian bacon, slices of Mozzarella cheese (or Monterey Jack), and a slice of Smoked Turkey. Before grilling, I brush a little Olive Oil (I used an Italian-blend Olive Oil when making these – it has basil, oregano, etc all infused into the oil – delicious!) onto the outsides of the bread. After the sandwich has “grilled,” I add slices of fresh tomato, and shredded lettuce. I serve a little bit more of the Italian blend Olive Oil in a shallow dish – for dunking these amazing sandwiches in.
- We use the same basic technique above with countless other meat/cheese variations. When the sandwich isn’t an Italian, I use regular extra virgin Olive Oil instead of the Italian Blend. Ham and White Cheddar is a lethally delicious combination.
Clean-up couldn’t be easier, so using the Hamilton Beach Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker is as quick and easy as it is delicious. If you don’t already have one, you’ll want to get one asap! I absolutely love mine.