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Old 01-04-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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WOW, almost broke my arm patting myself on the back and giving myself ata-girls.......I have been wanting a panini machine for the longest time but just could not justify $100 for a single purpose kitchen toy. Came up with a wonderful idea and it worked. By using parchment paper, I turned my heart waffler into a panini machine. I used the ciabatta bread, put the meat and cheese inside, brushed the outside with EVOO, wrapped in parchment paper and put it in the waffle iron, and WALLA, a panini with waffle marks instead of grill lines, so what. It was delcious and I saved $100. I used the parchment paper because I did not know what the EVOO or melted cheese or meat juices would do to the waffle iron, probably nothing as it is non stick.

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Old 01-04-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
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Good idea norge. I just use my George Forman mini grill to make my panini sandwiches
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Old 01-04-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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Good idea norge. I just use my George Forman mini grill to make my panini sandwiches
Another great idea, wasabi, I do not have a GF but if I did I would try it too. See we both smart.
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:28 PM   #5
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Good idea norge. I just use my George Forman mini grill to make my panini sandwiches
I got a GF grill for Christmas and I tried that the other day, wasabi. I would agree that it worked great.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:03 PM   #6
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That reminds me of these great sandwichis I really miss... the "torta ahogada" or drowned sandwich. It's a pressed sandwich much like a cuban one only it has pulled pork stewed in tomatos inside with some fresh sliced purple onion, shredded lettuce and such.

Any way's this is put in a bowl and drenched in spicy pepper broth, sometimes acompanied by an egg that has been boiled in this broth. Amazingly good stuff. If I can find a recipy I'll forward it to you now that you have great sandwich making gear.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:11 PM   #7
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When I make myself a panino I don't put any oil of any kind on the outside - which is kind of the "magic" of the sandwich - has a great grilled flavor without added fat - parchment paper is a great idea as a panini grill allows you to brush the crumbs down and out the side.

I have grilled steaks and veggies also on my panini grill with much success. I haven't done chicken yet - I guess I keep forgetting!!! :oops: I'm probably going to flatten a breast and try it that way - wouldn't take long AT all!!!!!
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:16 PM   #8
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Flattening a breast!! Sounds like you have been to your doctor.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:29 PM   #9
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I about choked right after I typed that!!!! LOL I thought to myself - well at least we don't get grill marks from those machines yet!!!!!! LOL
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Not grill marks but things do head south after many years of Dr visits..
bet I get bleeped...
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