When I was getting married, I registered for a number of kitchen items (don’t most new brides?), one of which was this sandwich maker.
Proctor-Silex Sandwich Toaster
Honestly, I didn’t even know what it was, and I didn’t have a clue of what to do with one. I’m not a big toasted bread sandwich eater. I like cold sandwich bread just fine. But everyone told me to register for things that I wouldn’t buy for myself, and this was certainly something I wouldn’t buy for myself, so I put it on there.
Fast forward seven years or so… My oven died and all my stove burners smoked whenever I tried to turn them on (which, because of an experience I’d had in our previous residence, made me afraid to even attempt to cook anything on the stove top), so I had to come up with another way to cook yummy food that my kids would eat.
I saw the unused (still in the box) sandwich toaster sitting there, and I thought, ‘Hey, why not?’ I used it to fix my older daughter’s breakfast one morning (she asked for pancakes – as I’ve said before, we’re pancake monsters in this house). To my extreme surprise, I discovered you could make deliciously light, fluffy pancakes (or, “pancake puffs,” as I named them) in just minutes…with very little mess. You can also make tuna cakes, omelets, and even individual pies. I’ve often thought about writing down some of my sandwich maker recipes. I think I’m really going to have to start doing that soon.
It’s amazing to me that I could go from not knowing anything about a certain kitchen appliance to feeling like I can’t live without it in such a short time, just because I ended up needing to find a different way to make pancakes. But I sure do feel that way about this sandwich maker. It’s one of my favorite appliances to use in the kitchen, and I even like playing around to see what new recipes I can come up with. So, it’s both functional AND fun!
This one little gadget has lasted for over a decade (that means it cost about $1 per year…except it was free for me because someone gave it to me as a gift). It’s the perfect gift for newlyweds who don’t have a lot of space…or who might not have easy access to an oven…and it’s definitely a great idea for college students living in dorms.
The Proctor Silex Sandwich Toaster is versatile, practical, and economical. It certainly has proven to be a life saver for me, more times than I can even count. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
So, I want to know: Do you have a sandwich maker? Do you love it? Have any recipes you’d care to share? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.