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chezkatie

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Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 10:51 AM (permalink)
I was going through my latest Williams Somoma catalog and noticed that they sell a panini press for making sandwiches. Does anyone know about these machines. After reading the copy, I was wondering if my Forman grill could not perform the same function. Any insight on this?
 
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    scbuzz

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    RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 10:53 AM (permalink)
    A couple of good hot bricks will do the same trick too !!!
     
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      ocdreamr

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      RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 11:18 AM (permalink)
      Chezkatie,

      The Forman does it just fine. I place a small cast iron fry pan on top after I close the lid to add the pressure you need to press the sandwich.
       
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        kland01s

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        RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 12:09 PM (permalink)
        The little sub shop I go to uses a Foreman grill when the have Ruebans on the menu, seems to do a good job and doesn't take long. I'm sure its cheaper than the one from Williams Sonoma.
         
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          tiki

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          RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 12:12 PM (permalink)
          I have a great old waffle iron with double hinges that works just great!---the surface is reversible so i can use it with the waffle pattern or with the flat side.---one of my faves---fresh mozzeralla,roasted red peppers and procuitto!! Oddly enough---just this am i was talking to a friend about getting together for a "Pannini and salad" feast!!
           
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            renfrew

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            RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 1:15 PM (permalink)
            Pretty much anything in the WS catalog you can find elsewhere for cheaper and better.

            A Foreman does work, but not as well as my old GE waffle iron! (about 25 y.o)
             
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              marberthenad

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              RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 9:10 PM (permalink)
              Could you use it to make Cuban sandwiches?
               
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                Rick F.

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                RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 11:17 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by chezkatie

                After reading the copy, I was wondering if my Forman grill could not perform the same function. Any insight on this?
                I've had the same thought. I know it does a great no-brainer with I sausage and brats.
                 
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                  lamertz

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                  RE: Panini Press Wed, 05/12/04 11:20 PM (permalink)
                  All the little Cuban places in Key West use old waffle irons to make their sandwiches. They seem to work just fine.
                   
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                    dhdav66

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                    • Location: Dorchester, MA
                    RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 3:44 PM (permalink)
                    I just use a skillet with a smaller (cast iron) skillet on top. Put a towel in the top skillet and press down while the sandwich cooks -- it works beautifully.
                     
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                      Nemis

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                      RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 3:52 PM (permalink)
                      I have a panini machine from Sur la table and we love it! The clean up is easy as well, just pop out the two iron "plates" clean and you are ready for business. Quesadillas are an easy fix as well. I know they are expensive but we have got our monies worth!
                       
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                        Route 11

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                        • Location: Howardsville, VA
                        RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 4:49 PM (permalink)
                        I recently saw a informercial for a sandwick-maker like thingy, but it had two deep wells you could use to make stuffed salmon and etc...
                        Now I'm crazy for one but can't remember what it's called.
                         
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                          Sundancer7

                          RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 4:56 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Route 11

                          I recently saw a informercial for a sandwick-maker like thingy, but it had two deep wells you could use to make stuffed salmon and etc...
                          Now I'm crazy for one but can't remember what it's called.


                          I do not know what it is called but I bought one. Works just fine except it makes very small sandwiches and if you use too much stuffing, it will ooze out the side and make a mess and make your wife madder than hell.

                          I use it for grill cheese sandwiches. Frying pan does them better.

                          Paul E. Smith
                          knoxville, TN
                           
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                            Route 11

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                            RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 5:03 PM (permalink)
                            I like when they made the rice, but couldn't get a feel for the portion size. Sorry your wife got mad about the mess!
                             
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                              Sundancer7

                              RE: Panini Press Tue, 09/28/04 5:20 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Route 11

                              I like when they made the rice, but couldn't get a feel for the portion size. Sorry your wife got mad about the mess!


                              Route 11: wife gets mad about a lot of stuff. After 40 years of marriage, I am immune to verbal assault about simple stuff. Stuff like that rolls off my back.

                              There is a rule around this house. If you make it, you clean it up. I am a pretty tidy person.

                              The press that I bought on TV looked good and works good, it is just a little small.

                              Paul E. Smith
                              Knoxville, TN
                               
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