A sandwich maker is a very useful Breakfast-maker. Few would disagree with the assertion that a cheese sandwich is always better when it’s grilled. Toasting a plain cheese sandwich transforms it from something not-so-special into a warm, toasty, oozy treat that brings out the best in even the most basic of bread and cheese choices. Upgrade that sandwich with additional fillings, spreads, and fancier bread and cheeses, and you can make a gourmet meal in minutes. The task is rapid and easy if you use a sandwich maker, an appliance designed for the single purpose of creating a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. These handy machines are pretty much foolproof if you use them properly. They’re also not the single-use tools they seem.
Two common types of breakfast-makers are possible. The less expensive kind has upper and lower plates molded into square shapes to fit regular sandwich bread.
However, They press and seal one, two, or four sandwiches into classic triangular pocket shapes. The other most common type is a grill sandwich maker or panini press. These have ridged plates and sometimes a weighted top plate to press a sandwich while grilling it. Both types of sandwich makers work in essentially the same way.
Basic Breakfast-Maker Instructions
It’s a good idea to read the instruction manual that came with your sandwich maker if you have it. Otherwise, follow the primary method here:
1. Plugin the sandwich maker and keep it closed while it heats up. Most models have an indicator light to tell you when it’s ready, which should take a few minutes.
2. Prepare a cheese sandwich. Optionally, spread the outside sides of the bread slices with butter.
3. Wait for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the indicator lights up, and open the sandwich maker.
4. Remove the sandwich with a wood or silicone spatula.
5. Unplug the sandwich maker, leave it open and let it cool completely. Wipe the plates with a damp sponge before putting it away.
Creative Sandwich-Maker Uses
Get creative with a sandwich maker’s uses and try grilling items other than cheese sandwiches. Here are some ideas:
· Quesadillas and burritos
· French toast
· Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
· Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
· Cream cheese and berry sandwiches
· Garlic cheese bread
· White bread and pie filling dessert sandwiches
You might also discover some sandwich maker uses that don’t resemble sandwiches. Here are some foods you can experiment with cooking on the plates of a sandwich maker:
· Omelets – Pour beaten egg and optionally other chopped ingredients on the bottom plate and close the sandwich maker.
· Frozen hash browns.
· Pancake, cake, cornbread or muffin batter – pour the mix onto the base plate and close the sandwich maker.
· Bacon, Canadian bacon, and ham steaks.
· Canned biscuits – Flatten the individual biscuit shapes to fit the sandwich maker.
· Thinly sliced vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, and onion.