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Old 07-01-2006, 10:42 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by licia
I just use my indoor grill - It makes wonderful panini sandwiches with no extra equipment.
As licia says, there are ways to make pannini sandwiches without a dedicated pannini maker. I am still in love with my vintage waffle iron/sandwich maker that I bought on ebay. I have been happily making quesadillas with the sandwich plates that came with the waffle iron. Have fun looking around for what you want.

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Old 07-01-2006, 01:07 PM   #12
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I bought a Krups pannini press a couple of years ago. Does a great job but so does a clean brick wrapped in foil and for a lot less money than the $70 I spent. If you HAVE to have a pannini press then go with the one Gretchen recommends, the Cuisinart. You won't get ridges with a foil-wrapped brick, but who cares about the ridges?

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Old 07-02-2006, 10:09 AM   #13
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I'm a really big fan of the 2 iron pans method and also the oven-heated brick method.... after than all you need is a little pressure, and thats what arms are for! Also, if you have a George Foreman grill, you can set a brick or two on top of that when pressing sandwiches, and it does a pretty nice job.
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Old 07-02-2006, 02:56 PM   #14
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I have a friend who swears by the George Foreman for panini.
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Old 07-02-2006, 04:20 PM   #15
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and you don't have to store another large piece of equipment.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:27 PM   #16
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Just a follow-up - after trying it out with 8 or 10 sandwiches, I'm very happy with the Breadman Panini Press - it was $40 well spent. It stores in an upright position & the cord wraps around the bottom of the thing. So it doesn't take up a whole lot of room. Love my gadgets!
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #17
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Thanks for the report!
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:19 AM   #18
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You know you all, I must go see them and feel them at the stores. I just am not comfortable without this experience. I am going to the Restaurant Store in Key West, I know they will have a selection. And I am going to the other stores also, then I can shop in person or on line and know what I am doing.
Thank you Corinne for your experiences with your machine.
Not in a hurry to make a mistake here. The two pan method works very nice, so it can do for now.
I am also considering very seriously the other features of the grilling machine. In other words I would like an indoor grill of some kind which has some versatility. That would be very nice.

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