It isn't often that anything is leftover from a meal in our house, mostly due to careful meal planning and budgeting but also largely to do with hungry teenagers that descend on the kitchen like locusts every couple of hours. On a Sunday we enjoy a family roast dinner, and occasionally are left with meat which of course needs to be used up instead of wasted. Since it's the Summer holidays, sandwiches are a staple for lunchtimes as they can be packed up to go out & about with, or enjoyed on a carpet picnic in the living room if the weather is poor but in truth - sandwiches can be a bit boring.
An easy way to liven up a sandwich is to toast it. There is nothing better than a hot toasted sandwich stuffed full of melt in the mouth ingredients which we tried out this week using the VonShef 2-in-1 Health Grill, £42.99 from Domu.co.uk (RRP £89.99).
Using leftover beef from Sunday's dinner, I bought panini rolls which I then cut in half and spread lightly with butter before adding a layer of cheese, a layer of sliced beef, another layer of cheese and topping it with sweet chilli tomato sauce before placing it in the grill for about five minutes. The children absolutely loved them, and the beef wasn't 'leftover' for long - cheesy chilli beef paninis are now a firm favourite here.
As well as being a handy sandwich press, the health grill is also a griddle which can be used to cook a wide selection of meats and vegetables and even eggs and pancakes on its interchangeable plates that can be used as a contact press or opened out side by side. The grill also reduces fat with its sloped design to channel away excess fat off the non-stick easy to clean grilling surface through the spout into the collection tray.
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