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T-fal Mini Grilled Cheese Griddle

| Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 8:39 p.m.
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The claim: The T-fal Mini Grilled Cheese Griddle makes the perfect sandwich every time with a nonstick interior and exterior for easy cooking and cleaning and an even-heat base that delivers superior heat distribution. The reliable cooking results make this an absolute necessity for the sandwich lover in your family.

Cost: $7.99

Where: t-falusa.com

I've always been a sucker for grilled-cheese sandwiches. It's a welcome challenge to grill the perfect cheese sandwich. I'm talking golden-yellow bread with dark-brown patterns speckled across, and cheese oozing out. It's not as easy as it looks. But I was hopeful that the T-fal Mini Grilled Cheese Griddle would be able to craft that ideal sandwich.

The griddle is quite small, and it made maneuvering the spatula difficult at first. But I soon got the hang of it. The real test came with the first flip — and the T-fal griddle didn't disappoint. Perfectly uniform grill marks covered the golden-yellow bread. The second side grilled a little faster than the first, but still — perfect coverage.

Cleanup was a cinch, and storage isn't an issue at all. Come to think about it, the griddle would be an ideal candidate for camping.

As for my test sandwiches? They went quickly. And, the ultimate compliment: My 8-year-old son even ate the crusts!

— Chris Pastrick

Ilike the T-fal Mini Grilled Cheese Griddle for many reasons. When I use a bigger pan to make grilled cheese, it's hard to keep the melted butter just under the bread; it spreads around the pan. This smaller griddle, barely bigger than bread slices, concentrates everything in one small space. I also like that it doesn't stick. On regular pans, I often have to scrape off bread fragments. I also used this griddle to make some toast, and it worked.

— Kellie B. Gormly

The T-fal Mini Grilled Cheese Griddle is pretty darn cute, but is it really useful? The 6.5-inch square skillet is the perfect size for making grilled-cheese sandwiches. But, because the bottom is pretty thin, you need to cook on a really low heat to avoid scorching the pan and burning your sandwich.

I have to say, the sandwich did turn out perfectly browned, but it took a lot longer than it generally does with a regular skillet. If you have a friend with all the kitchen gadgets and who likes grilled cheese, this would make a good novelty gift. Otherwise, most of us probably have a skillet already that does the job just fine.

— Sue Jones

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