Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler The Best Panini Maker
The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is the most versatile, multi-function panini-style sandwich maker I have ever seen. With large grilling area, non-stick grilling plates, floating weighted top cover and multiple indicator lights, the GR-4N has the 4 main features you must have, and is just what to look for in a panini maker. However, the “5-in-1 Griddler” part in the name isn’t there just for fun. This is the most versatile countertop mini-kitchen you can get. It has two removable cooking plates that are flat griddle on one side, and perforated backyard griddle on the other. Here are the 5 different ways the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler makes your cooking life simpler and more versatile.
1 – Panini Maker
Use with both top and bottom plates on the grill plate side, and you have an awesome panini maker that is adjustable to allow for even those huge Dagwood Bumstead sandwiches you can barely wrap your mouth around. The perfect heat on the panini heat setting toasts the bread , melts cheese and warms ingredients for the perfect panini every time. With room for 4 large half sandwiches, or two huge sandwiches, this is the perfect panini maker, and the grill plates impart that special grilled look you just can’t fake.
2 – Contact Grill
Flip the plates from the above configuration, using the flat griddle plate sides, and you have 100% contact with any grilled cheese, grilled ham and cheese, grilled reuben or other culinary creation you can create. You can also use this double heated griddle plate contact to cook burgers, boneless cuts of meat and veggie slices in half the time with perfect heat absorption. This type of cooking allows grease and fat to drip away into the removable drip tray, making for super healthy food.
3 – Full Grill
The amazing versatility of the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler allows for the top plate and lid to fold all the way back and down, leaving both sides of the panini maker exposed on the horizontal. Place both plates grill side up and you just moved the backyard grill inside. Burgers, veggies, seafood and boneless chicken, plus anything else you would normally cook on an outdoor grill, can now be cooked right on your kitchen counter, with any fat and grease running off into the removable drip tray. And with a 200 square inch cooking surface, 12 burgers at a time is a cinch.
4 – Full Griddle
Use in the same double-sided flat grill position as above, but use both griddle sides up and fry or scramble eggs, make flapjacks and pancakes, french toast, hash browns or the perfect omelet. You can easy cook for a family of 4 to 6 when in this dual griddle plate position. 200 square inches gives you plenty of room for all your griddling needs.
5 – Half and Half!
Yeah, why not? Use one flat griddle plate for backyard grill-like cooking, and one griddle plate for flat heat perfection. This means that there is never a cooking situation you can’t handle. Someone wants a burger for breakfast? Slap it on the grill side. Cooking eggs and sausage patties? Use the griddle half at the same time. Super versatility.
And if that was all that the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler had to offer, it would make it just what to look for in a panini maker, and then some. But Cuisinart adds two separate heat controls for each half so you can cook at different temperatures at the same time, removable dishwashable non-stick cooking plates, cleaning tool and drip tray. Also on this amazing machine are “power on” and “ready to cook” indicator lights for each side, 200 degree to 425 degree settings for the griddle plate and “warm” and “sear” settings for the grill side. The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler defies description, gives you 5 appliances in 1, and is the perfect panini maker.