It’s no secret that the microwave is the enemy of bread. In mere seconds, this otherwise ultra-timesaving contraption can transform the crispiest thin pizza crust or the airiest croissant into a moisture-laden gummy lump. Alas, this makes the option of preparing or reheating our beloved panini quickly and conveniently in the microwave essentially nonexistent. Or is it?
With technology ever improving, I thought sure that someone somewhere must have devised some kind of gadget to help keep bread crisp in the microwave. Clearly, the HotPockets folks had it figured out. After a little searching online, I happened upon the MicroGrill – a microwave-safe “grill” that promised to “convert your microwave into a turbo-charged grilling machine.” Could this be true? If so, move over Lean Cuisine – freshly-prepared panini may be coming to an office kitchen near you!
Better than Microwave Alone…But I Wouldn’t Call it “Grilled”
Would I use the Micro Grill as my primary panini maker? Absolutely not. I like my panini to come out nice and crispy, even if it means waiting 10 minutes or so. Would I use it to make hot sandwiches at work or to reheat pre-grilled panini? Sure! Unlike the microwave alone, the Micro Grill will heat bread without turning it gummy. So if heat, not crispness, is your goal, the Micro Grill handles the task well.