French Toast using the Cuisinart Griddler

I don’t need an excuse like it being morning to have breakfast. I’ll have it for lunch or dinner, too. And one of my long-time favorites to have is French toast. And this here is my go-to recipe for making perfect French toast using my Cuisinart Griddler. My Griddler gets a lot of use. For everything from paninis to French toast, it’s a real workhorse.

French Toast using the Cuisinart Griddler

I like my French toast to have just a bit of a crunchiness along the edges so I cook mine longer than the time I have in the recipe. It’s up to you. And I admit, I’m not too fancy when it comes to topping it either. Warm maple syrup and maybe some butter, that’s it. I always think about sprinkling on some powdered sugar. Or adding some fruit. But in the end, I end up with the simple approach.

As an aside, the Griddler is the perfect cooker for travel. I always take mine with me if we are renting a place on the beach or a cabin in the woods. You never know what there’ll be available to cook on where you’re going. When I take the Griddler I know I can make breakfast, lunch and dinner without any worries.

French Toast using the Cuisinart Griddler

This is my go-to recipe for making perfect French toast using my Cuisinart Griddler.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 455kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 4 slices bread I prefer Brioche, thick is best
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • Your favorite toppings for serving

Instructions

  • Whisk together the egg, milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour into a shallow pan (I used an 9" x 11" baking dish).
  • Add the bread slices. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Optionally, flip after 2 hours (carefully! the bread may be very soft and want to fall apart).
  • Heat up your Griddler using the griddle plates. Set the Griddle dial to 425 F and the Selector to Griddle. Open the Griddler with the plates flat, side-by-side.
  • Once the griddles are hot place 1 tablespoon of butter on each griddle plate. Using a nylon brush or heat proof spatula, spread the butter out evenly. You don't want the bread to stick.
  • Add 2 slices of the bread to each griddle plate.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes per side. Cook time is going to depend on how thick your bread is and how you like your bread done. This recipe produces a moist, soft French toast. If you like yours to have a bit of a crust you will have to cook the bread longer. Be careful flipping the bread
  • When the bread is done to your liking remove and serve with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 408mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 987IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Steak Sandwich using the Cuisinart Griddler

You’re at this post for a reason. Maybe, like me, you actually like Steak-Umms. Like many, I was first exposed to them in a school lunch cafeteria years and years ago. And like many kids of the time, I would go home and beg mom to get them so I could have a steak sandwich there too. Mom wasn’t too keen on them, but would buy them for me as a rare treat. I’d have them about as simple as you could get: fried the Steak-Ummm, put it on a bun or white bread with ketchup, eat. Well, now I step things up with my quick fix steak sandwich, made using the Cuisinart Griddler.

Quick Fix Steak Sandwich using the Cuisinart Griddler

The Griddler makes making a steak sandwich about as easy as you can get. Having the two big cooking griddles lets you cook several things at once. Without it, I’d end up with a skillet for the Steak-Umms, another for the onions and peppers, and I’d probably fire up the oven or toaster just to toast my sub roll. Sheesh, that’s a lot of stuff when I can do it all on my Griddler.

Quick Fix Steak Sandwich using the Cuisinart Griddler

The history of the Steak-Umm is actually rather interesting. You can read about it here.

Quick Fix Steak Sandwich using the Cuisinart Griddler

The Griddler makes making a steak sandwich about as easy as you can get. Having the two big cooking griddles lets you cook several things at once.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 326kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 hoagie sandwich roll split
  • 1 slice Steak-umm or other thin-sliced frozen steak
  • 1/4 green bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup onion sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Cheez Whiz or other cheese dip, warmed

Instructions

  • Open your Griddler so that the griddle plates are open flat. You want to use the smooth griddles.
  • Turn the Griddler Selector knob (the center one) to 'griddle'. Set the temperature know to 425 F, the maximum.
  • Once the green light is lit, indicating that the Griddler is at 425 F, you can being cooking.
  • Place the bell peppers and onion in a small bowl. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir and transfer to one side of one of the griddle plates. See my picture for how I arrange things on the Griddler.
  • On the other plate place the bread halves. Let them toast as long as desired as the rest of the ingredients cook.
  • Let the onion and peppers cook for 5 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Add the mushrooms to the onion and peppers. Stir and cook another 5 minutes. The vegetables should be just starting to turn tender.
  • Place the Steak-umm on the griddle plate alongside the vegetables. Season as desired.
  • Continue cooking the Steak-umm until it starts to brown along the edges. Flip and continue cooking until done.
  • Assemble the sandwich by placing the Steak-umm on the bottom bread half. Add the cooked vegetables. Drizzle on the cheese, add the bread top.
  • Serve with plenty of napkins. You want that cheese to be nice and runny!

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 837mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 11mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

There’s a scene in the movie Chef where the star, Jon Favreau, makes a grilled cheese sandwich. It was the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Perfectly toasted on both sides. And it crunched, oh how it crunched, when he sliced it. I have to admit, I’m still working on my grilled cheese toasting skills, but I sure do enjoy a great grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. These white pizza grilled cheese sandwiches have a great pizza-ish herby flavor to them, with ooey-gooey melted mozzarella and a little Parmesan to boot. Very good, and a little different.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I prefer to use Texas toast for my grilled sandwiches. It holds up and holds up well to just about anything you want to pile up on it. No one likes a grilled cheese that just dissolves once you get past the crust. Nope, you need a bread that will be there till the end, and for me that’s Texas toast. Oh, and I love to make smoked paprika and garlic croutons out of any leftover pieces of Texas toast I might have.

The Griddler is a champ at making grilled cheese sandwiches, like my muffuletta grilled cheese, grilled caramel apply cheese, grilled spinach and artichoke cheese, and pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These white pizza grilled cheese sandwiches have a great pizza-ish herby flavor to them, with ooey-gooey melted mozzarella and a little Parmesan to boot. Very good, and a little different.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 321kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 12 slices bread I used Texas Toast
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened

Instructions

  • Turn on your Griddler to the griddle setting and 350 F, or heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Mix the ricotta and oil together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  • Mix in the mozzarella cheese. The mixture will be thick. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix it well.
  • Lightly butter each slice of bread on one side.
  • Working in batches, place slices of bread butter-side down on the Griddler or into the skillet. Top with the cheese mixture, spreading out evenly.
  • Add the top piece of bread butter-side up.
  • Cook until the bottom bread is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 724mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.