I’m a huge fan of my George Forman grill. I’ll concede immediately that it can’t ever come close to the flavors from grilling on an outdoor bar-be-que. But I live in the city and outdoor grilling is just not an option.
So, in the meantime, my George Forman is fool-proof!
All you have to do is plug it in and preheat the grill. When the light goes off, the grill is very hot and ready to go to work. The grill plates are sloped so that the fat will drip off as you cook. Before adding your meat, fish, or chicken, be sure the drip dish is in place in front of the grill. (Remember the cover should be closed when preheating and grilling with George!)
Steak on hot grill with drip dish in front of the grill
9 Minutes later:
Cooked to Perfection! (and the fat is in the drip pan)
I have one of the original grills. The newer versions offer all sorts of bells and whistles which I think are not really necessary. But then again you may want to make your own waffles from scratch some day! Granted the newer versions do have removable grill plates which makes it a bit easier to clean. But the surface is non-stick to begin with so it’s no big deal to wash. Just make sure the grill is stone cold before you start washing it.
Keep the small cookbook that comes with the grill. It has a chart that will tell you how long to cook everything. Because you are cooking both the top and the bottom at the same time, cooking times are very different than if you used a grill pan on top of the stove.
Steak comes in a variety of “cuts” which range a lot in price. If you can afford it, I’ve discovered that a boneless rib eye steak is the absolute best steak to cook at home on my George Forman. Rib eye steaks can cost any where from $16 to $22 per pound here in Boston. Not cheap, but ever so mouth-wateringly delicious!
Tell me what you like to cook with George!
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