Review & Giveaway: Pressed for meal making time?

A few weeks back I called for a sandwich press to review, and so I could provide you with a plethora of ideas for quick, easy meals for your revoltingly fickle families who assume you are some sort of remarkably talented chef, capable of whipping up fourteen different dishes, all relevant to whatever whim each of your offspring has decided on for the evening.

The lovelies at Sunbeam answered my cry for help (or, at least, the thing they could actually help me with) and had delivered to me a Cafe Contact Grill & Sandwich Press.


Although satisfying my need to create not simply two, but up to six – SIX –

23 Replies to “Review & Giveaway: Pressed for meal making time?”

  1. OMG it’s HUGE! Could grill for the whole family at once, for a change! I love the idea of being able to grill and toast at the same time (your toastie is the same as mine, aka “Cheese on Toast”), and the very first thing I’d whip up is breakfast for ME. The rest of ’em can wait.
    Firstly, I’d lock the family out of the house. Then I’d spread cream cheese on a thick slice of crusty bread, gently lay a slice of off-the-bone ham on the creamy goodness, a few slices of tomato and onion, sprinkle of dried basil, and just enough grated tasty cheese to melt properly over it all. I’d serve this with a huge MUG of fresh hot coffee and crack open the e-reader for a bit of quiet time… even 10 minutes would do – long enough to enjoy my creation!

  2. I bet you could do perfect pikelets and pancakes on that. Non-stick surface, perfect temperature, and you’d get a pile of pikelets done at a time cos its so big. MMmmmm, pancakes with banana, walnuts and honey, AND ice cream and whipped cream. Hell yeah! I’m in!! Do you want my perfect pikelet recipe?

  3. Wow, I would love to own this; thank you for the opportunity!!
    I would probably whip up some Bacon, Baby Rocket, Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato Panini.
    You just need to fry off the bacon, then place it on some halved turkish breads, add baby rocket, mozzarella, sliced roma tomatoes (I find roma ones are a little sweeter and my daughters love them), some lovely aioli (very simple to make yourself, or if time doesn’t allow, then you can buy some pretty good quality ones at the supermarket nowadays) and seasoning. The sandwich together with the top half of the turkish bread, cook until golden and mozzarella is oozing and yum!!

  4. Use to make potato rosti, or boil baby potatoes then press and crisp, Or french toast.
    oh and if you have left over bolognese sauce put in any type bread or wrap and even omelettes.

  5. Awesome! I would make Grilled Salmon Sourdough Toasties, Firstly spread Dijon mustard on the salmon and grill. Grill heirloom tomatoes, also grill the sourdough. Put it all together toped with a sprig of dill! yum

  6. This looks amazing! I could make individual homemade pizzas for all the children on this, it’s so large. Bacon and pineapple for one, meatlovers for another and supreme with double everything for the growing teenage boy (or maybe two of those).

  7. I love the fact that it is both a grill and sandwich press, versatile for say making bacon or sausgages and eggs then toasting a sandwich in the residual bacon fat, delicious and will suit our family catering for all tastes, healthy and tasty. But firstly I will be making MYSELF a cheese ham onion and tomato toasted sandwich because I love plain but tasty food and always love this concoction. Very first toasted sandwich that I had was a creamed corn sandwich and this is another great standby for Sunday evening in front of the tele…

  8. I’d make my own Croque Monsieurs! After going to France years ago these have been my favourite toasties… dip 2 slices of bread into egg, then add cheese and ham and some bechamel sauce in the middle and toast it all together. So yummy! And if you want to add a bit of healthy stuff to it, it’s also great with sauerkraut thrown in.

  9. I’d use mine to ‘fry’ some eggplant drizzled with oil and garlic. Simple, yes, but I have a thing about garlicky eggplant and I’ll have it any day!

  10. I’ve lately been making chicken and coriander meatballs and this would be perfect to cook them in… simply mix chicken mince with coriander, spring onions, lemongrass and a touch of curry paste (I use Balti or Korma) and that’s it! Really simple and they taste so good (even if they don’t have bacon in them). I also make lamb meatballs with dried apricots and parmesan cheese and the Cafe Contact Grill would cook these nicely too!

  11. A delicious potato rosti made with grated potatoes and chives then cooked in a little olive oil, with a beautiful steak. Just divine, every one loves it in my family

  12. Delicious pikelets would be fantastic. My recipe is mix 1 cup plain flour, 2 tsp bicarb, 2 tbsp castor sugar, 2 eggs, 1 and a half cups of greek yoghurt with honey. Whisk and leave for 30 minutes then stir in 30g melted butter and cook with a little melted butter. Divine with butter and golden syrup

  13. Salmon rissoles are a great way to make a piece of fish go a long way. On the night the family is eating salmon, cook an extra piece and boil up 6 extra potatoes.(this could be done on the Sunbeam too, however this is not my entry!). The recipe follows:
    1 piece cooked leftover salmon (or fish of your choice)
    6 boiled potatoes, peeled and mashed
    1 chopped onion, and a handful of chopped parsley
    1 egg.
    Flake salmon, add mashed potatoes, onion, parsley and egg. Coat in a little flour, and grill on your wonderful Cafe Contact Grill and Sandwich Press. Enjoy with vegetables or salad.
    Thank you for offering this wonderful prize!

  14. My husband and I would have a field day with this press! I would try French Toast… Whisk 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cream with some caster sugar, cinnamon and vanilla essence. Rub some butter and over the press and cook. I’d also grill some figs for some extra fancy pants points. Drizzle over some honey or maple syrup and some walnuts. Feet up, tea warm…. Drool…….

  15. I am a huge believer in the benefit of forward planning when it comes to mealtimes. This sandwich press gives me the freedom to prepare an evening supper of toasted sandwiches and hamburgers to rissoles for the following day’s lunchbox.

    Lazy Sunday breakfast bacon and tomatoes can easily be cooked whilst eggs are being poached.

    Thank you to Real Mums and Sunbeam for the chance.

  16. FALAFEL WRAPS here we come!

    Using store-bought falafel balls for speed, I’d crush and heat them a little first in the press. Then wrap in pita breads with some hummus, rocket, grated cheese, chopped spring onion and finely sliced tomato. Toast again for a one-handed afternoon delight or a healthy quick dinner!

    Bacon a [desirable] optional extra…

  17. Thank you, lovelies for your awesome contributions and ideas.

    I’m onto them and hope to announce someone soon! You know, once I can roll off the couch after eating loads of deliciousness 😀

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