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Old 08-31-2006, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hi all: I love panni and plan on getting a two sided grill. This forum is geat and I hope you can help me decide among the Wolfgang Puck, Forman, and Cusinart. I know its an appliane that will be ised only a couple of times a week (my wife talking) but cooking is not always logical.
P.S. I like my Showtime but tend not to use it because it's a pain to clean. It does cook as advertised, however.


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Old 08-31-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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I have a George Foreman Grill. It gets used about once a year, usually for sandwiches. They seem like panini to me. It's a little more versicle than a single-use appliance, and probably cheaper.

In any case, check Amazon, which usually has great prices, free shipping on purchases over $25, and no tax.

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Old 08-31-2006, 10:27 PM   #3
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I have a Breville that is nice--can be adjusted to toast open face sandwiches. The Cuisinart Griddler is the most versatile--can be used for grilling, frying or toasting, and on another board gets high high marks. I just got one for $99 on amazon.
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Old 08-31-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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I'd recommend the George Foreman grill, b/c its multipurpose. That's only if you're set on purchasing a pannini grill though. If not,, my favorite method for making pannini is to heat 2 heavy pans, or 2 foil wrapped bricks and press the sandwich in between.
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:11 AM   #5
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Amazon.com and e-bay have become my first stop shopping. The Cusinart seems a good deal especially in comparison to Bed Bath and Beyond (I love the store to browse but they - being a speciality store - are pricy. Will still wait for someone to give me an evaluation on Puck's grill before buying, however.
Love this site - great to talk with fellow foodies.
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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I purchased the Puck grill a number of years ago for our kids. They like it but it is not as versatile as the Cuisinart by a long shot. there is a lesser model of Cuisinart that also looks pretty good.
If you have a Linens n' Things you can get the 20% off of the Cuisinart Griddler which turns out to be a good price. I rarely read ANYthing good about Foreman grills. The really important part of the panini part of a grill is a hinged lid that will stay flat on top of the sandwich--that is, not just a hinge in back but a "floating hinge".
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:45 AM   #7
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Thanks Gretchen: Cuisinart it is! I'll let everyone know how it works out. I'll do either e-bay or Amazon as each has great deals.
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Old 09-01-2006, 09:38 AM   #8
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I use a cast iron skillet.
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:12 AM   #9
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I do it the old-fashioned way (like Grandma), a skillet and a plate.
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:19 AM   #10
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I wouldn't recommend a George Forman grill. These grills seem to steam too much. I have a Krups panini grill that I love. It does a great job and the panini come out crisp, golden brown and scrumptious. You can get the same effect from a cast iron skillet and a clean brick wrapped in aluminum foil. Trust me on this. I spent $80 on panini grill and the only difference is that the grill gives me grill marks. Who the heck cares? Go for the skillet, it's much cheaper and works exactly the same way.

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