Disclosure: I received the T-Fal OptiGrill. The comments in this post are 100% my own.
If you asked my husband Dave, I’m sure that he would agree that the OptiGrill is one of the coolest kitchen appliances we have reviewed this year.
At first glance, it looks like a panini maker, right? Well, this is the only indoor grill with Precision Grilling Technology, which will detect the quantity, temperature, and thickness of your items and alert you when it is at each cooking stage (rare, medium, well done, etc.) It actually grills your food to your exact preference!
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The top and bottom grill plates can be removed and cleaned by simply pressing a button on the side.
The nonstick grill is slanted so the fat flows easily into the drip pan. The drip pan slides into place with very little effort and stays put until you pull it out to be cleaned.
The raised bumps help keep the food in place.
All you need to do is select one of the preset cooking programs and start grilling:
–Manual – perfect for vegetables
You can even defrost meat quickly or grill frozen chicken!
The first thing I tried grilling is a piece of salmon.
It really came out perfect using the “fish” program! I couldn’t believe it! This is awesome because I could easily make fish once a week! The fish was done in a matter of minutes! I coated the fish with a combination of honey, spicy brown mustard and dried dill weed. Yum!
I splurged and bought 2 pieces of filet mignon for Dave and me. I sprinkled them with salt and pepper and used the “red meat” setting. Dave likes steak more rare than me, so he took his piece of steak out earlier than me. It’s nice that we don’t have to guess if it’s done. The OptiGrill tells you when it is rare, medium, or well done!
I cooked some hot dogs on the “sausage” setting and they were great!
Dave likes his burgers a little pink inside. Me…well done.
Dave topped his with cheese when it got to medium. We lowered the top without touching the cheese so it could melt. I did the same when it was more well done. With the fat drained off, it makes a healthier burger!
I can’t wait to grill more meals and test out all the features! We give this OptiGrill two thumbs up for sure! You can make some great fast meals with it and it’s pretty fun to use!
You can purchase the OptiGrill on their website! It would make a fabulous Christmas gift!
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Here’s a T-Fal OptiGrill recipe just for you!
Apple Cheddar French Toast Sandwich with Ham
(courtesy of T-fal)
4 servings / preparation time: 15 minutes
- 8 slices of cinnamon raisin bread
- 4 slices of ham
- 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 4 slices, Cheddar cheese
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- A pinch of salt
- Layer 4 slices of bread with ham, apple and cheese; top the sandwiches with the remaining bread. Whisk the eggs with milk, maple syrup and salt. Dip each sandwich into the milk mixture for 5 seconds or until lightly saturated.
- Turn the grill on and select the sandwiches program and press ok. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the sandwiches on the grill and close the lid.
- Cook in batches, until the indicator light has changed to red. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve with additional maple syrup on the side.