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!


  1. I totally want to grab that halloumi off the grill and run! It looks awesome...and I never even thought of throwing it on my George Forman! I could make this sammich today. Hmmm. Those balsamic onions, too...oh my. I'm hungry!!!

  2. Make it, make it Heather, you know you want to. ps I do hope the fairy hobmother visits you, last I heard he was mulling it over :)

  3. Looks yummilicious. The balsamic onions and halloumi rock! I am going to add some scrambled eggs to this for lunch time tomorrow. Happy National Get Grilling Week to you :) Going to be following the Food Doctor tomorrow. Many thanks.

  4. My boring turkey sandwich I am eating right now is making me sad after seeing this fantastic sandwich!

  5. Hope you enjoy it Jane, the egg is a good idea.

    I always feel like that when reasing blogs at lunchtime Pam. I don't usually have anything nearly as interesting :)

  6. I never thought of a George Foreman being for vegetarians. That sandwich looks great. I may have to think about getting me one.

  7. I've not had a toasted sandwich for the longest time. Can't believe there is a whole week set aside especially for it ;0)

  8. I honestly thought of the Foreman grill and instantly thought of've opened up a whole new thought process here.

    I'm one girl that just loves a toastie, and I suppose I could let my Lovely Hubby do his steak on it occasionally!!

    That sandwich looks delicious.

    Sue xx

  9. Ooops...forgot to mention, did you know it's also National Tomato Week this week?

    Sue xx

  10. Does it grill as well when left open? I've always thought that those things wouldn't get hot enough unless closed.

    Sandwich looks great. Nothing beats a good sandwich, especially with that chewy "squeeky cheese" ; )

  11. Mmmmm I love halloumi! Enjoy your grill.


  12. I use mine all the time for paninis. but for some reason never thought about grilling halloumi. Looks super, Jacqueline!

  13. No, I did not know it was National Get Grilling Week. Halloumi sandwich sounds amazing. Wish I had some right now and I'd be frying it on my boring old frying pan LOL. I just have to settle for a cheddar cheese sandwich I reckon. But have bread rolls in the oven so at least it is something to look forward to. Cant wait to see what you grill next!

  14. we own one of these grills too, and they really are quite amazing for a variety of things. Love the looks of your sandwich!

  15. Cor...! In this weather, grilled food is even more appealing. And a good toastie - well, you can't ever beat that, can you? ;)

  16. I'm really pleased with it TB :)

    Well grilling in general Chele, but toasties are such a simple joy :)

    No, I didn't know about tomato week Sue, but they sure are good just now.

    Hi Adam, no it doesn't grill when open, I just opened it to take a shot, although the bottom would continue to cook, it holds quite a bit of heat.

    Me too Maria and the good news is this toastie got Graham back into halloumi. He had gone off it for a while.

    Thanks Val :)

    Thanks Barbara, it was lovely and I have had it again since.

    Mmmmmmm, fresh bread rolls, lovely LF :)

    No, you can't beat a good toastie Spaghetti :)


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