In our previous article, You Don’t Need These Things In Your Home, we suggested giving your sandwich maker the boot.
Well, our dear readers had something to say about it.
It seems the ol’ toastie machine is truly the best invention since sliced bread. And somehow we didn’t know it.
So here we are, making it right, saying we’re sorry… with a loving eulogy to the kitchen appliance we killed off too soon.
This one’s for you, toastie machine.
13 Surprising Things You Can Cook On Your Sandwich Maker
So it turns out the humble sandwich maker does far more than just melt the cheese in your smoko sanga. Here are some of the things our readers cook on their toastie machines:
A quick and easy solution for breakfast, lunch and dinner, reader Ross reckons his sandwich maker is perfect for cooking sausages. He’s also a big fan of the fact that it’s easier to clean than a frying pan. The only place you’ll find a better snag is Bunnings.
Bacon in 50 seconds? Yes please! Reader Ben uses his sandwich maker to satisfy his bacon cravings in under one minute. We’re impressed.
Whether you fry them up with your bacon or go all out with a hearty omelette, eggs are a great go-to when you’re in the mood for a big brekky (or an easy dinner).
4. Fish Fingers
Yes, you read that right. Another great suggestion from Ross, toastie makers make for crispy and delicious fish fingers.
5. Leftover Pizza
Love leftover pizza, but not a fan of the sogginess that comes with microwaving it? Reader Alex gave us the only life hack we need: leftover pizza + toastie machine = perfectly reheated snack.
The flat surface of a sandwich press is perfect for pancakes. But did you know your beloved sandwich maker can also reheat pancakes without the dreaded sogginess? Reader Jody sure did.
Who doesn’t love a good rissole? Reader Sari uses a toastie machine to cook both sides of rissoles at once for maximum efficiency.
8. Garlic Bread
Reader Ollie delivered the goods with the suggestion of using a sandwich maker to cook garlic bread. Who are we to argue?
9. Hot Cross Buns
Another tasty gem from Ollie, we can’t wait for next Easter to get perfectly warm and toasted hot cross buns. Pass the butter!
10. Hash Browns
Add this one to your sandwich maker brekky fry-up and thank us later (well, thank Ollie for the great advice).
Feel like something a little heartier? Your sandwich maker can do more than just breakfast and snacks, y’know. Reader Megan uses a toastie machine to fry up steaks.
12. Chicken Fillets
Ah, chicken: the most versatile of proteins. Chuck it in a burger, throw it in a salad, mix it in a pasta – however you like your chicken, you can cook it in your sandwich maker.
13. French Toast
And for dessert? Reader Terri uses a toastie machine to make delicious French toast. Add some maple syrup and ice cream and you’ve got yourself a party.
So thank you, dear readers, for showing us the error of our ways and giving us some pretty darn delicious ideas.
Our favourite thing about the humble sandwich maker? You can pick one up for cheap from department stores like good old Kmart and Target.
They’re also super easy to clean, which is a great plus for those of us who don’t like doing the dishes. Ollie recommends lining your sandwich maker with baking paper to make clean-up even easier.
If you love all your appliances as much as your toastie machine, you’re probably dealing with quite the cluttered kitchen. Try some of these home storage hacks so you can spend more time baking stuff and less time breaking stuff.