Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Favorite Gadget

My sister Steph was telling me about packing lunches for her kido's and we were discussing ideas. She was talking about her sandwich maker and I thought, "I gotta get me one of those!". After a $10 investment from Wal-Mart I am now wondering how I ever lived without this thing! It is really fast, super easy to clean and makes the perfect size items! Being GF, i have had to use something other than bread so I have used masa harina dough (1 part masa harina, one part water, roll flat and place in maker) and corn tortillas. Here are some ideas I can't wait to try:

Pigs in a blanket- pancake batter and chopped up sausage in it (cooks in about 4-5 min) Omelets- 2 eggs, 1/2 c cheese and bacon (cook 3 min)
Tuna cakes- 1 can tuna, 2 eggs, 1 c crushed cereal, 1/2 cup chopped onion, salt and pepper (cook 4-5 min)
Hash browns- butter, hash browns or shredded potato, 1/2 c chopped onion salt and pepper (cook 3-4 min)
Corn bread- corn bread mix (follow directions on box)
*we mix in canned corn, chile's and cheese cook (3-4 min)
*add chopped hot dogs for corn dogs, dip in ketchup*
crispy burritos- one tortilla, butter one side put in maker, spread refried beans, shredded cheese, chopped tomato w/chile's and ground hamburger. Butter the other tortilla and place butter side up. (cook 3-4 min)
Pizza- Refrigerator crescent rolls, sauce, cheese and favorite toppings. Or leave out the sauce and just dip!
Cookie Dough- Place a layer of oatmeal dough, top with chocolate and raisins or peanut butter, top with a little more dough and (cook for 5-7 min)
Muffins, cakes and brownies- Just your favorite batter in the fridge and pour as needed. Brownies would be awesome with melted chocolate and marshmallows in the middle. You could make any flavor of muffin you want.
Pocket pies- Use pie crust and canned pie filling.

Think of all the quick, healthy and cheap items you can make! Next time you see me I might have put on a couple of pounds trying some of these things out. Please be kind and pretend not to notice.

UPDATE! For breakfast I made baked oatmeal in the sandwhich maker. Place a scoop of oatmeal mix, a layer of fruit or raisins, and another scoop of oatmeal mix. Dip in yogurt. FANTASTIC! Elie helped...


Kari said...

I'm going to need a visual. can you post some pictures?

song said...

These are weird recipes for a sandwich maker. You make cookies in said small appliance???

McHam Family said...

Oh my gosh you are so creative! We just got our first new appliance in a WHILE - a George Forman grill - and I am looking for new ideas for it... but I had no idea you could put this kind of stuff on it!! I need to pick your brain about this... you are so smart!
PS - I do do the quesadillas though & the kids love them
PPS - I said "do do" hahaha

Gretchen Crocker said...

Kari- I posted what a sandwich maker looks like but I have eaten everything I made so I can't take a picture of it!

Song-Think outside the sandwich, dear friend. The cornbread is soooo good!

Jenny- Please don't try these on George! A sandwich maker is a little different (not a panini press). Check it out when you go to Wal-Mart.

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