It does sound interesting. I've had paninis before and loved them, but I've cut out most all breads from what I eat lately. I'll just have to admire salivating food pics of perfectly pressed paninis from afar.
Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I just squeeze half the mayo bottle into the panini maker and let that heat to a boil for a bit, before tilting the panini press and pouring it into my coffee canteen to take to work. Nothing starts off the day quite like a still-bubbling 24-ounces of hot mayonnaise.
Have you seen those 128oz Hellman's barrels of mayonnaise at Costco? That's a whole gallon of mayo. Sitting on the couch with one of those things and a spoon; lasts me about 3-5 days to get through it. Delicious.
"A short while after devouring your panini, don't forget to clean your panini maker! It's absolutely essential to keep it looking good and appealing to the next user. Have fun!"
I have owned my panini press for around 7 years, I have *never* cleaned it. I just get a bit of kitchen roll and while it's still hot sort of mop up/wipe off whatever mess I've made.
My current go-to-panini choice is:
Footlong part baked baguette
Layer of cheddar
Four rashers of smoked back bacon
Apply some barbeque sauce
And then three fried eggs (Do not make this if you don't mind changing clothes afterwards)
It's nice with or without the eggs, I am just inundated with eggs a lot of the time.
Eggs and barbeque sauce?? I never would've thought to do that, but it's definitely on my list now! Sounds like a delicious experiment. Thanks for sharing!
As far as the cleaning goes, wiping it down is really all you need to do. I've used disinfectant once after some juice spilled on it, but other than that, it seems to stay relatively clean if given a quick wipe-down.
Due to the widely applicable uses of the panini maker, I have since thrown out trivial, inferior kitchen appliances, including both my toaster and pancake maker. I would like to present my case here in the following example:
I have recently discovered the remarkable phenomenon of spreading peanut butter over melting butter on a bagel. Heating a plain or "everything" bagel in the panini maker to the perfect golden crisp before lightly spreading on slices of butter and continuing to coat in a thick layer of chunky peanut butter should be considered an absolute delicacy. Giddy with excitement in anticipation of enjoying my treat, I gently take my first bite. The overwhelmingly sensational flow of emotions that follows pushes the limits of my body and mind; legs shaking, hands trembling; my mind teetering on the edge of joyously-embraced insanity, yet I manage to hold on to my sense of reality. How could anything be so pure, so beautiful? The ensuing sense of ecstasy is simply incredible. Nothing, nothing, compares to the wondrous beauty of spreading peanut butter over warm butter. And it's all made possible using a panini maker.