|Sandwich presses can be used
for more than just sandwiches.
Sandwich presses and jaffle makers are actually two of the most useful appliances (okay, after the food processor, microwave and oven) in your kitchen, and especially in the kitchen at work. And I don’t mean you’ll have death by sandwiches either because you can do so much more with them. I’m about to show you how to get creative and think outside of the box when it comes to utilising your sandwich press.
- Meatballs/burger patties: I cook meatballs and burger patties in the sandwich press because both sides are cooked at once and it reduces cooking time. I also used this method a lot when I was learning to cook because I wasn’t any good at frying meatballs and patties on the stove.
- Grilled potatoes: this is brilliant! Potatoes made crispy in the sandwich press. Instructions are here.
- Grill chicken pieces: cover chicken with herbs and spices and grill for a low fat dinner. Or coat them in bread crumbs to make a schnitzel or parmigiana.
- Kebab sticks: cook veggies or meat and veggies on sticks as kebabs. These are usually grilled on a bbq, so why not do it on the sandwich press? You’ll need to cook them in batches though and cut all the ingredients to a similar size.
- Omelette: though I’d put less egg on the machine than you think or otherwise it’ll run out the sides as it swells and cooks.
- Breakfast burritos: roll scrambled eggs in a wrap/tortilla with cheese, spinach, and tomatoes or mushrooms and avocado and you have an amazing brekky made in almost no time.
|Lamb kebabs in the sandwich press – so fast to cook.|
|Really yummy breakfast burritos – scrambled eggs, avocado and veg.|
- Warming leftover chicken pieces (which could then go in a wrap or over rice).
- Heating vegetable patties (but don’t close the lid cause they’ll squish).
- Warming leftover pizza (lid open).
- Frying/scrambling eggs (lid open – preferably on a sandwich press that isn’t warped so the eggs will stay in the one spot – and yes, I have done this).
- Or any of the ideas listed above – just make sure you wash the machine before the next person needs it!
|Jaffle iron omelettes work – but under fill the triangles as eggs
expand as they cook, and you don’t want to wipe up overflowing egg.
Whatever you do decided to cook, just don’t store that sandwich press or jaffle iron in the back of the cupboard any more!
Question: What other meals could you cook in the sandwich press or jaffle iron?