In this review of the Cuisinart Griddler GR-1 Panini & Sandwich Press I want to present the details of this sandwich maker and some tips on how you can use it. The GR-1 is in fact the number on selling model that is available in the United States, not just sold by Cuisinart but out of any brand on the market today. So there has to be something that is making this unit so popular. This is what I want to discuss.
When you read any Cuisinart GR-1 review you should be looking for details of both the good and bad points. It is especially beneficial to read real customer reviews as well because these can help you with usage tips. Towards the end of this article I will discuss one of my favorite toasted sandwiches that you may want to try out.
The first thing to note about this device is that it is not all that expensive. The official Cuisinart website is advertising this specific model for just under $50. There are in fact other places where you will be able to purchase this model for even less. Of course, if you live overseas then you may find that it is quite a bit more expensive to get hold of this brand but it may well be worth it.
As you can see from the picture, there is a nice big black handle to use. This stays cool even though the rest of the unit becomes quite hot during the cooking process. You have to be careful because the sides of this handle are stainless steel and you can easily burn yourself if you are not paying attention. You can add additional weight to the handle as your panini is cooking if you want to get the toasted sandwich even flatter. The top plate is relatively heavy so most of the time you can just rely upon the weight of the machine to get the sandwich to the right size.
The grill plates on the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler cannot be removed. This means that you cannot really wash them. For me this is not so much of a worry, not because I just let my machine get filthy but because I only use this device to make hot sandwiches. You can use it for sausages and pork chops if you want. But I do not like this idea so much because of all the meat fats that would start running around my grill. I like just being able to dust off the bread crumbs and occasional bit of cheese. So only making toasted sandwiches is the best idea in my opinion.
One of my favorites to make in the Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press GR-1 is a brie, tomato and basil toasted sandwich. Using French bread is really nice. Making a few minis is great. Just cut across a French stick and you can make three or four of these in one go. Add a bit of brie, a slice of tomato and a leaf of fresh basil. Giving the outsides of the sandwich a light spray of olive oil adds to the taste although you do not need to do this because the hot plates are non-stick.