The George Foreman Grill is available in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes. To operate the indoor grill, you simply plug in the appliance and place the meat on the cooking surface. Close the lid, and the meat is cooked in a mere few minutes. You reduce the amount of fat in the meats cooked since you do not need oils to use the George Foreman Grill.
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A popular use for a George Foreman Grill is to create tasty panini sandwiches. Panini sandwiches are piled with lean meats and then toasted before serving. Use a thick type of bread for your panini, such as French, sourdough or focaccia. Bread slices should be between 1/2- and 1/3-inch thick.
Place any vegetables and meats you want evenly over the slices. Only use a small amount of condiments since they may fall onto the grill during cooking. Brush the bread with olive oil before placing on the George Foreman Grill. Cook for about three to four minutes. Hold down the top of the grill to make grill marks on top of the sandwich.
Hot Dogs and Sausages
You may not think you can grill hot dogs and sausage on the George Foreman Grill, but it is possible with preparation. Use a knife before you place the meats on the grill to cut several diagonal lines on both sides. The cuts help prevent the sausage or hot dog from splitting when you heat it. Avoid laying the hot dogs or sausage on the center of the grill since the meats will roll off. Instead, lay each piece of meat on a diagonal on the plates of the grill.
Use the high setting to preheat the grill if your George Foreman comes with an adjustable thermostat. Once you are prepared to cook the meat, turn the temperature down to medium heat. Approximate cooking times for boneless chicken breasts are 14 minutes, 12 minutes for burgers, 11 minutes for strip steak and 17 minutes for pork chops.
Meats to Avoid
Stuffed meats, bacon and large cuts of poultry, fish and beef are not recommended for the George Foreman Grill. Ideally, prepare boneless cuts since the bones can affect the cooking time, and you may need to wait a prolonged period until the meat is finished. If you do grill thicker meat, you should use a meat thermometer to ensure that it is cooked thoroughly.