Grill for ham, cheese, vegetables and bread, pan substitute for omelette and scrambled eggs or alternative to oven, for pastries – the sandwich maker is a more adaptable device than you may think at first glance. Find out in this article some top recipes that help you use this device to its full capacity.
For those who are concerned about any option that allows them to quickly and easily prepare delicious and healthy snacks, the sandwich maker is one of the must-have utensils in the kitchen. Generally used to create various types of sandwiches with bread, baguette or buns, this appliance offers the possibility to prepare many other categories of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even special events. Here are some dishes you can try quickly.
Potato sandwich with cheese
For this preparation you need 2 medium-sized potatoes, 2 yolks, half a cup of bread crumbs, two slices of cheese, salt and pepper.
Peel the potatoes, wash them under running water and grate them in a large bowl. Then add the yolks and bread crumbs and mix until you get a cohesive composition. Season to taste. Place the composition in each of the triangular compartments of the baking sheet and leave for 15 minutes. The obtained products will play the role of bun halves, inhabiting the bread.
Meanwhile, cut the cheese into triangles to match what you will get in the sandwich maker. When the potatoes are done, place a triangle of cheese on top of a triangle of baked potatoes and cover with another triangle of potatoes. Fry for another 5 minutes and then you can serve them. Repeat the process to get more servings.
Usually fried in the oven or in a frying pan, in an amount of oil large enough to make many avoid this preparation, the friganele can also be cooked with the sandwich maker. The mixture is made as always, with eggs, milk, salt, sugar and a little cinnamon, if you want to get a more pleasant aroma. Use a fork to mix the ingredients as well as possible, then cut slices of bread and soak in the composition.
Grease the surface of the plates with a little butter to avoid sticking and use a spatula to remove the slices from the egg mixture and place them lightly in the appliance. Close and fry for about 5 minutes. Be careful, the frying time depends on how much liquid the bread absorbs, so don't leave it too much in the mixture. It is an ideal preparation for breakfast, which ensures an adequate intake of proteins and carbohydrates and which you can serve with salty or sweet sauces, according to your personal preferences.
And if we talked about an egg-based dish, we can not move away from the subject without telling you that sandwich makers can also be used to prepare the omelette, if your device has a plate with triangular compartments. Prepare the omelet mixture and preheat the device so that the composition does not stick. Also for this purpose, we recommend that you grease the compartments in which you will pour the liquid with a little butter.
When the butter has melted, add the beaten eggs and any type of chopped vegetable you want to use to make the omelette tastier and more nutritious. Turn off the appliance and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the omelette triangles have browned on the surface.
Pâtés with ham and cheese
Both as weekend snacks and as appetizers at parties, puff pastry bought from the store is one of the easiest dishes to obtain. You can fill them with a variety of combinations of ingredients, from ham, cheese and mushrooms to chocolate, sweet cheese with raisins, grated apples with sugar and cinnamon or jam. All you need is a package or two with puff pastry and stuffing. You will best cook this dish in a sandwich maker with triangular frying compartments.
For those with ham and cheese you need sliced ham, which is good to brown a little in the pan to get a better taste and a slightly crunchy texture, and grated cheese. Grease the plate with a little butter, then spread the sheet of dough over it. Gently press the dough into the compartment area and fill the hole formed with the ham and cheese composition, then bend the dough sheet so that it covers the entire surface again.
The dough will definitely be much bigger than the device. Cut off the excess, leaving enough to bend the edges and ensure gluing. Turn off the appliance and bake for 3-4 minutes or until the dough catches a copper crust on top.
Do you like to eat healthy and are reluctant to buy a sandwich machine for fear of putting too much bread in your diet? It is good to know that this device handles very well in the preparation of grilled vegetables. You can use mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, onions, etc. cut into thin slices. In order to obtain the best results, it is good to preheat the appliance and not to leave the vegetables too fried. Two to three minutes are enough for medium-thick slices.
Slices of fried ham are among the essential ingredients of a delicious breakfast, especially if they complement poached eggs, with soft and appetizing yolk, and toast, which by the way, you can also prepare using a sandwich device.
Because the ham leaves its own fat, there is no need to grease the appliance plates with anything. But it is important that the slices are cut thin, with a thickness of 2-3 mm and to preheat the device to avoid sticking. Be careful not to leave them too fried, because they are ready in just 2 minutes. This dish is best cooked on straight plates, with a grill surface, without triangular compartments.