Sep 21, 2009 8:52 AM
This might just be more fun than the George Forman grill, folks. The Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler ($108) is a fantastic four-in-one appliance that saves cabinet space and does more jobs than we've been able to count. Removeable plates allow it to function as a Panini press, open grill, griddle, or contact grill, and cleanup is a snap: while the plates are still warm, wipe down with a wet paper towel, then let cool & wash the plates with a soapy sponge. Make fried eggs, French toast, and perfectly crispy bacon all at once, or... um... don't tell anyone we said this, but here's the bestest PMS-busting Panini recipe ever: Spread 2 slices of pound cake with a goodly schmear of Nutella and slap them together with some sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries in the middle. Use the Panini press to grill until the pound cake has griddle marks and is crispy on the outside, and the chocolate is warm and melty on the inside. It's like the best parts of fondue... in a sandwich. Just go for a jog afterwards.