Sandwich Iron

If you read my post this morning on “Thick Dumpling Skin” you can probably guess what was on the menu for brunch!

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I made a Peanut Butter and Fig Syrup one, on Trader Joe’s Rustic Sourdough Bread


The other day, I made this same sandwich for Abe – waffle-ized


…he said it was delicious, but cleaning the iron with a Q-tip afterwards was not so fun.


This time, I tried wrapping it in foil to prevent mess…


…the lid doesn’t close the whole way, so you have to set a timer. I went with 5 minutes, since the bread was frozen.


Um…I guess I know why it’s called a waffle maker and not a sandwich one.


The bread never got crisp, either, just steamed.


Still, hot sandwiches are so much better than cold ones…


…but I think if I AM going to invest in a waffle iron, it will have to be one with a panini press too. There’s one by Cuisinart and another (cheaper) one by George Foreman. Does anyone have either, or another recommendation?


15 thoughts on “Sandwich Iron

  1. Cindy

    I don’t have this particular cuisinart iron (it’s the one I would like to buy), but it is the most versatile of all the options. I have had very very very good success with Cuisinart products, and have found them worth the money. Life span has been at least ten years on any of their products. I agree with Jessica that the Breville panini press is fantastic, but that’s all you can use it for.

  2. Teresapalooza!!

    I think in thrift-terms, so my suggestion would be to take a peek at your local Goodwill or Out of the Closet. Last time I checked, my Goodwill had 10 or 12 George Foreman grills and sandwich presses looking for good homes – all under $20! I replaced my crappy one with a double-wide one with removable nonstick plates. 🙂

  3. wyn

    I have the Cuisinart and love it. It’s so easy to cook with it and then to subsequently clean. I didn’t know there were waffle plates. That intrigues me!

  4. Rachael

    I used to have the george forman thing that converted between a grill/sandwich press/waffle iron. It was cool when I actually used it, and most everything was dishwasher safe, but all the bits and pieces took up a lot of space in my cabinet, and the box was even bigger. I ended up getting rid of it recently (I moved about a year and a half ago into a smaller apartment w/less space, and it ended up just sitting in my closet for that entire year…) I know there is a website (I don’t remember) where people can actually rent things they don’t often use from others (like waffle irons, panini presses, etc.) I can’t remember the website though!

  5. Monet

    I really want a panini press…they make such a difference! And I completely agree, hot sandwiches are so much better than cold. Thank you for the email about the showing during SXSW. I only wish you were coming!

  6. jwen

    I use one of those water bottle scrubby brushes to clean my waffle maker, I just make sure it’s unplugged first, scrub away and dry really quickly so that the water doesn’t get into places it shouldn’t.


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