What is a Panini Press
A panini press is an electric contact grill with a grooved surface that allows toasting and grilling all types of bread in a short time. Sandwiches made in a warming grill come out crispy yet soft, with appetising grill marks on the surface and a mouth-watering smoky flavour. If you’re used to starting your mornings with a mug of tea and a sandwich, a panini press is just what you need. Treat yourself and your dear and near with delicious snacks and unleash your culinary talent to the full.
A much more basic but still useful kitchen gadget that you may want to have on your countertop is a sandwich maker. If you haven't purchased one yet or want to get one as a present to your friend, take a look at our recent review on sandwich makers.
What Features to Compare
Choosing a panini press is easier than you may think, however, some key features should be taken into account. The first thing you should consider when selecting a panini maker is the plate design. There are panini grills with a grooved surface, which creates appetising, toasty grill marks on both sides of sandwiches, chicken fillet or any other food. Indeed, panini presses are ideal for cooking panini itself, meat, fish and most vegetables. The griddle plates have a smooth, flat surface that allows conducting heat directly from the griddle surface to the food item. It’s perfect for preparing grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, or scrambled eggs.
Cooking Surface Dimensions
It should be noted that the larger the cooking surface is, the more sandwiches or other foods it can accommodate at a time. Actually, an extra-large cooking surface can be of great value for a large family. If you are looking for a versatile device, it’s worth paying attention to the heating options, namely the ability to adjust the temperature and heat levels. Though, if you need a simple device for preparing panini, an adjustable thermostat is not so important. Besides, a height-adjustable hinge or a floating hinge is also essential since it allows you to grill even the thickest sandwiches evenly. There are models, which can be used as an open toaster for making open-faced sandwiches. There are also panini grills that can open flat backwards up to 180°, that gives a double cooking surface and increase the cooking capacity.
And finally, you should take a close look at the usability that also depends on the materials used and the dimensions of the device. The indicator lights allow for better control and simplify the cooking process. A tilted grill surface or drain channels allow draining off excess grease and liquid from fried foods for a healthier meal. The drip trays or other grill drip containers are designed to catch extra grease. Those models that come equipped with dishwasher safe removable plates, greatly facilitate clean-up. Furthermore, some manufacturers provide panini presses with special grill cleaning tools. If your kitchen is small you should pay particular attention to grill dimensions as well as the presence of a locking storage clip for upright storage and a cord wrap. A durable housing material provides long-lasting durability of the device. And, nonstick plates will make cleanup much easier and help cook healthier meals.
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Classic Panini Recipe
400 grammes of Ciabatta Italian bread;
4 teaspoons of grainy mustard;
4 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar;
200 grammes of thinly sliced Mozzarella;
12 basil leaves;
200 grammes of thin-sliced ham;
2 whole canned chilli peppers; 1 large tomato.
First, cut bread in half, then dab some mustard on the upper half and season the lower one with vinegar. After that, put Mozzarella, basil leaves, ham, chilli pepper, and tomato (cut into rings) in layers onto the mustard-covered side of the bread. Cover the bottom layer of the bread and finally place your sandwich in the panini press. Now your perfect Panini sandwich is ready to serve!
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The appliance opens up flat that doubles your cooking area, allowing you to grill foods on both sides. This is possible owing to the adjustable 180° hinge that allows for grilling sandwiches and paninis of any thickness and placing a large variety of foods on one unit. It’s a real time saver! However, when the Panini press is opened up flat, it cannot reach the same temperature as with the lid closed. The griddle design directs any excess fat into the built-in drip tray, catching all spills. The drip trays are located on both sides of the appliance, that prevents fat drippings and keeps your countertop clean.
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