The Cuisinart 5 in 1 Griddler; Do Your Barbecuing Inside
How do you feel about the Cuisinart Griddler? I start with that question because a friend once told me that she seems grills like this at every garage sale. Then she asked, “Who really uses them?” Well, I do. I love mine! How about some chicken and vegetable skewers to start off?
Since I no longer have a place to barbecue, I looked around for a grill that would be easy to use. The Cuisinart won, hands down. To be fair, I had a George Foreman grill before. I really liked it too. It grilled well, drained the fat off the meat beautifully which made for healthier eating, but cleaning it was a pain. It was hard to get it thoroughly clean because the grill did not come apart.
That was the first thing I noticed about this one, and it is still one of my favorite features. It has reversible, removable grill plates. One side is for grilling with the ridged lines. The other side is flat and smooth, ideal for pancakes and such. Grill a panini too. It’s a cinch.
SKEWER YOUR FAVORITE VEGGIES WITH MEAT OR CHICKEN
There are different settings on the Griddler. As you can see in the photos, I have it set for the grill. For this chicken dish, I marinated the chicken in a blend of soy sauce, olive oil, honey, and lime. Then I place the bites on the skewers with onion and mushroom chunks. They’d be great with peppers or with pineapple, probably most anything you enjoy. Once on the skewers I set them on the grill and brought the lid down on the top. That is an added benefit. While I find I still need to turn them periodically, the lid helps to cook and to brown both sides of the meat at the same time.
In very little time it was done cooking. It was great and so easy! And clean up is so much easier with this little appliance. Usually I take the grills on and put them in water while we eat. Then wipe them off and into the dishwasher with them for a thorough, sanitizing clean. Even if you don’t use a dishwasher, they are still easy to clean since they detach. Once done, they look like new.
TRY GRILLING FRUIT
I served grilled pineapple with this dinner, mainly because I wanted to see how it grilled up. Cooking it before the meat worked well, since it’s easy to wipe off the grill plates before adding the skewers. The pineapple tasted fantastic this way! I’ll definitely be trying different fruits and vegetables with the Griddler.
PANINIS TO PANCAKES
This is the only way I make pancakes anymore. You can open the lid flat and use both surfaces at once to make more at one time. I usually make pancakes to fit four on each side. The surface of the griddle allows for easy flipping. They come out so well.
Salmon is something else I love to grill on this. Any fat drains off, leaving a scrumptious feast. Steak, of course. Chicken pieces, sure. Barbecue Chicken is a favorite, though I’ve only used boneless breasts and thighs.
All in all, it’s an easy way to cook or grill. Very handy, easy to put away when I’m done, and tasty healthier results. I will definitely be keeping mine.
Here it is…my favorite, the best selling Griddler. By the way, it also has a built in drip pan to catch the fat and juice draining from the plates. It is removable naturally, for emptying and washing. One last feature, the lid ‘floats’ so any height meat or panini fits. It adjusts to the size making it a flat surface on the top and the bottom.
Waffle lovers, you will definitely want to add these waffle plates. Talk about making it easy to make waffles! They are made to fit the Griddler, and again can be stashed in the dishwasher when you are done. I love an appliance that serves the purpose of more than one thing. I’d eliminate the waffle maker and the stove top griddle with this, and have one appliance instead of three.