I love Panini's, so the thought of creating my own for my family was exciting! I read reviews online and decided that I would get the Hamilton Beach model that Target had on sale. It was well rated.
I like the fact that I can store it upright on it's side. This saves space in my cabinets. It also can make 4 sandwiches at once, one for each of us!
I bought some fresh Italian bread from the deli, some deli meat, cheese, and bacon and a spray bottle of Olive oil. I preheated the press as instructed and assembled the sandwiches, spraying the outside of each slice with the Olive Oil. After closing the lid, it only took 2-3 minutes to have perfect, crisp, warm Panini's! We all loved them. I continued to try different sandwich combinations, even veggie sandwiches. Sometimes I sprinkle bread dipping seasonings on the olive oil side of the sandwich. I have also used tortilla's and flat breads in the machine. I get perfect pressed Panini's each time.
The instruction booklet only contains a few simple recipes, but my mind has created so many more. My children think I could open a shop with my creations! I have premade Panini's and sent them to school with the children and work with my husband, and they have enjoyed them cold too. This purchase was well worth the $30.