I'm looking to find a stovetop sandwich maker that seals the sides and bisects them into two triangles (possibly called "jaffles"1). We used to have a countertop sandwich maker that looked quite a bit like the Cuisinart Sandwich Grill, but I'm unsure of what brand we had, as most all the models look pretty much like this:
Regardless of the brand, there are a couple of issues with this design, and I'd like to avoid getting another one. Specifically:
- When oil/butter/cheese overflows, it's near impossible to get the grease out of the seams. This happens fairly regularly, as there's a very narrow window between "unsatisfying lack of cheesy goodness" and "that's going to be difficult to clean".
- The handle is quite short and doesn't provide much leverage, so they can be difficult to close (particularly when you misjudge the amount of cheese and go over a bit, as noted above).
- They don't disassemble, are heavy, and can't be submerged in liquid, so even routine cleaning is really awkward2.
- They have a plastic body which is both slippery and can be a bit fragile3.
I'm looking for an alternative that's durable, easy to clean, and provides a bit more leverage.
I've seen cast metal (usually iron, occasionally aluminum) sandwich grills designed for campfires, just none that have the bisect and seal griddle pattern. They're pretty close to what I'm looking for, though the handles look a bit thin so I don't know how well the ones I've seen would handle the pressure needed to seal the sides. This one is pretty representative of what I've seen on Amazon.
I've also seen cast iron waffle irons that look just about perfect (if they had the right griddle pattern). They're plenty durable, and look to detach quickly for preheating and cleaning. This one is pretty representative of what I've seen on Amazon.
I'm hoping I'm just a missing search term away from finding what I need.
- These might be a subtype of Jaffle, but it seems like a broader term and I'm not Australian so I'm a little hazy on the nuances.
2 + 3. Tangentially, the combination of these two issues is why we don't still have our old one. It slipped and fell while being washed, which cracked the case and prevented it from closing.