George Foreman grills have an army of fat-busting cooking fans. Some cook almost every meal on it while others reserve their exclusively for creating super-lean, super-crispy bacon. However, could a grill do so much more than that, say, a three-course meal?
Spoiler alert: if it’s the new George Foreman Evolve grill, the answer is, yes. What makes it possible is its interchangeable plates. Each comes with a standard grill plate for meat and fish and general grilling as well as a deep bake pan that’s perfect for making pizza and even brownies.
Challenged to whip up a one-appliance feast guided by home economist, Emma Walker-Hughes, I couldn’t resist.
We started with sesame seed tuna steak, first coating it in a little olive oil, then sesame seeds. The grill has a Sear button, which instantly turns up the temperature to 260C and is ideal for meat and fish. While the grill can tip into a tilted position so fat runs away into the collector below, a special hinge at the back allows it to alternate. For the tuna we used it in a flat position.
In just a few minutes, it was perfectly cooked – slightly pink in the middle with a browned crust of seeds. Served with an Asian beansprout salad, it formed our lightening-quick starter course.
Moving onto the main course required swapping the bottom grill for the deep bake pan – a high-sided cooking surface that can also be used to bake almost anything, such as brownies. However, we were making pizza – without an oven in sight.
Taking the proved dough and shaping it to fit the plate, we coated it with pesto and scattered over mozzarella, beetroot, broccoli, garlic, semolina and Parmesan.
Left to cook for about 10-11 minutes on 220C, the base rose beautifully while the cheese browned. The bottom of the pizza was especially firm and crisp.
Finally, our dessert was yellow plums infused with fresh rosemary. Threading the fruit onto skewers of the herb, we placed them on the grill plate to soften and sizzle, finally basting with a little honey and butter marinade.
Drizzled with more marinade, the results would make an impressive dinner dessert, and could be served with creme fraiche, Greek yogurt or ice cream.
So, three courses, minimal washing up (plus the removable plates can all go in the dishwasher) and only one appliance to wipe down. And, if you want to expand your repertoire, waffle plates are also available.
This could easily revolutionise dinner parties in my household. Let’s just say I’ve seen the future and it’s deep bake pan-shaped.
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