The Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler is a best seller on Amazon. It is in fact the top selling sandwich press. The reasons for this are that it is a high quality device that is also very reasonably priced. Indeed, you can actually get this unit for under $50. When we consider that a panini from a cafe can easily cost over $10, it starts to look like great value indeed.
Cuisinart’s GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is basically a professional style sandwich press that is designed for the home market. Just like more expensive commercial models, the top plate is connected via a floating hinge. This is much better than the fixed hinge models because it ensures that the top plate always presses down on the toasted sandwich rather than pushing on it from one side. This helps to keep the filling inside your sandwich rather than on the grill plates.
Both of the hot plates of the Griddler GR-1 are ridged. This means that on the top and bottom of your sandwich you will get the cafe style burn marks. The weight of the top plate pushes down on the sandwich to compress it and turn it into a concentrated taste experience. This is a great way to liven up plain sandwiches. There are so many different panini that are worth trying, you are really only limited by the combinations that you can come up with in your head. The booklet that comes with the Cuisinart GR-1 contains lots of different savory and sweet recipes for you to try too.
Using this machine is a great way to reduce your food costs while at the same time increasing the quality of the taste of the things that you eat. A toasted sandwich makes a great light meal but if you add a salad or a bowl of soup, you can turn it into an excellent meal.