As I’m starting to get a bit more adventurous in the kitchen and I’m properly cooking tasty meals on quite a regular basis, I’ve definitely felt my interest in kitchen gadgets growing. For a start, they look super cool and make the kitchen feel way more grown up. So being sent a Tefal Optigrill to review has definitely been a highlight of the past month! I’ve had similar double sided home grills before, and find them to be pretty handy little gadgets. When you’re trying to eat better, it’s a much healthier option than frying – as well as a great way to create restaurant quality steak, burgers and other grilled meats at home.
The big selling point of the Optigrill are its thickness mesaurement and cooking level indicator – which allow for perfect, easy grilling. If you’ve ever struggled with judging when your meat’s done and found yourself impatiently opening the grill and poking your dinner to see if its done every two minutes, the Optigrill is fantastic. There are six different automatic programmes for burgers, poultry, bacon, sausage, steaks and fish – as well as a manual setting and a mode for frozen meat. It’s super easy to use – all you need to do is select a mode on the front, then watch the light on the indicator. It’ll beep at optimum rare, medium and well done moments, and also has a ‘keep warm’ function to prevent overcooking.
So far, I’ve tried both steak and chicken cooked on the grill. I like my steak medium-rare, and the automatic mode definitely did a good job of gauging when I needed to take the steak out. I did find that the cubes of chicken on my skewers (see recipe below) were close to being overdone – but the Optigrill managed to keep the juiciness and flavour of both meats in really well.
One of the best things about the Optigrill is definitely the variety of things it can cook beyond just the obvious meaty slabs. As wintertime comes around, toasties are one of my favourite snacks, and whizzing up a melt oozing with cheesy and hammy goodness has proved really easy with the Optigrill. I haven’t given it a go yet, but it also has a BACON mode – which means no more juggling multiple pans when sorting out your weekend fry up. AND, I also can’t wait to get some halloumi on this baby…
As well as being great for cooking with, the sleek silver design means the Optigrill looks pretty slick in your kitchen – and it’s easy to clean. Anything low maintenance in the kitchen? I can get on board with that. Although it’s not possible to have this out on a daily basis in my pokey little rented house kitchen and needs to be stored in a cupboard, the grill didn’t actually take up as much space as I thought.
The Optigrill retails for around £99, which is quite pricey – but if you cook a lot of meat and want to get amazing results every time it’s definitely worth investing in. And just think of the toasties…
If you’ve picked up an Optigrill, why not give this super-simple piri-piri meal a try?
Chicken & Pepper Piri-Piri Skewers
2 x chicken breast
1-2 x green pepper, sliced into square pieces
1-2 x red pepper, sliced into square pieces
To serve: Spicy rice (recipe) & lime wedges
For the marinade:
2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp paprika
large pinch of: salt, pepper, oregano
Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl – using a food processor if you have one, just use a fork if not. Chop the chicken breasts into rough cubes. Place chicken into marinade bowl and fully rub marinade into chicken. Leave for at least 4 hours (or overnight) in the fridge to marinate.
Using mini bamboo skewers, alternate threading the pepper and chicken on (top tip – starting with the pepper helps the chicken stay in place!). Pre-heat the Tefal Optigrill and place skewers on plates. Close the grill and leave until light turns red. Remove the skewers and serve with spicy rice (you can either make your own, or if you’re feeling lazy like me, get a helping hand from good old Uncle Ben…)
*product sent for review – all opinions and cookery attempts my own!