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!
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!