18 May 2011
National Get Grilling Week
You may not know it, but this is National Get Grilling Week. It runs from 16th – 22nd May 2011.
I am celebrating it by trial running a George Foreman Family Grill. I really should have had this post up on Monday, but I was waiting for my grill to arrive, so please excuse this late introduction.
I am pretty impressed with my grill already. It is pretty slick looking and is so easy to use. Just plug it in, switch it on and wait for the light to tell you it is ready. Then get grilling.
I never thought that a George Foreman Grill would be something for me, even if they have sold 13m since their UK launch and 100 million worldwide, I mean it's for cooking meat on, isn't it? Heck no, you can cook all sorts on it: vegetables, fruit, tofu, halloumi, toasties, paninis...... the list goes on and on. My friend told me they make particularly good toasties, so I decided to try one out for lunch.
My first thought when I got the grill was Halloumi and of course, I always have a block of this gorgeous cheese in my fridge. After having a wee read through the recipe and instruction booklet that came with the grill, I decided to have a try making balsamic onions too.
After unwrapping my grill, I gave it a quick wash over with some soapy water and then lightly oiled it with some vegetable oil before heating it. It took about 5 minutes to heat and then I began.
* I sliced half an onion and tossed it in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
* I popped the balsamic onions on the grill, alongside a few slices of halloumi.
* You must remember to put the drip tray under the grill. There was quite a lot of milky liquid from the halloumi and some vinegar dripping from the grill, so it certainly came in handy.
* I cooked the onions and halloumi for about 5 minutes, turning the halloumi once, then I set them aside.
* I gave the grill a quick wipe down before toasting my bread. I toasted it a little before adding my filling, as I like both sides of the bread to be a little crispy.
* I pondered over what to add to my sandwich. My first thought was pesto, then I thought mustard would be better. I settled on some American mustard and that was a good decision.
* I squirted some mustard onto one slice of of my toasted sandwich, then topped it with the balsamic onions and halloumi, then toasted the whole sandwich until it had started to brown.
* Yum, yum!