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Spicy Crab Cake Panini

I’ve mentioned my Cuisinart Griddler 4-in-1 panini maker previously, but I’m not sure I’ve conveyed just how in love with this thing I truly am. So far I’ve used it to make panini sandwiches, pancakes (several times) and french toast. Every time I use it, I love it more.

Now I find that I am looking for excuses to use it. I’m tweaking recipes to make them appropriate for my griddler. I think I’m addicted.

Hi, my name is Valerie and I’m a griddler-a-holic (“hi, Valerie!”).

The latest experiment came out quite delicious. I wanted to use the ingredients of our favorite crab cake but make it into a panino. My reasoning was that the crunchy bread would take the place of the crispy coating of the crab cake. It worked like a charm.

You can easily substitute your own favorite crab cake recipe, but I highly recommend this one. The chile-garlic mayonnaise is great for other sandwiches or dipping too, so make a little extra to keep around. It is easy to adjust the level of spiciness to your own taste.

We found these sandwiches quite filling. Leftovers were just as good the next day – warming them in the toaster oven on 400 for 7-10 minutes returned the bread to warm and crispy, just like new.

Nutritional Info calculated with BigOven Recipe Software

Calories: 427, Fat: 11g (sat: 2g), Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 29g

The Cuisinart 4-in-1 Griddler is being featured as today’s Foodbuzz Daily Special. So what kitchen gadget are you addicted to?

Smoked Mozzarella & Chicken Panini

2nd Annual Grilled Cheese Pageant
This recipe was featured in the 2nd Annual Grilled Cheese Pageant at PaniniHappy.com

I’ve been wanting a panini grill for a while now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on a (as Alton Brown says) “uni-tasker.” So when I thought I saw a Cuisinart 4-in-1 Griddler on sale at Amazon for only $43.95, I immediately ordered it!

Woo hoo!

It turns out, what I actually ordered was just the regular Cuisinart panini press, NOT the 4-in-1 I thought I was ordering. No WONDER it was such a great price! Doggone it!

However I ended up with it, it is definitely easier to make panini with this, than trying to press a sandwich using a cast iron skillet and a grill pan. We tried it out for the first time last night on these yummy Smoked Mozzarella and Chicken Panini sandwiches, and it worked like a charm.

This recipe is fairly quick and simple but packs in lots of flavor, and the sandwiches are large and filling. This made two large panini sandwiches for us as a one-dish meal, but if you were serving sides, you could probably serve just one-half to 4 people and be fine.

Don’t wimp out and sub regular mozzarella for the smoked – it’s what makes it so amazing!