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Hello Underdogs, and I hope you are having a great day! About a month ago, I got a Parini Quesadilla Maker to try out. I didn’t have a chance to use it until today, so I thought I would make it this weeks, Try it Tuesday! I have been eating more Quesadillas lately. Mostly because they have some great ones at Qudoba and I really like them. However, they are not cheap to get, so this is a nice change of pace to see what I can make from home. It is a very simple machine that looks like a round George Foreman Grill. It has the triangle chambers to get that Quesadilla look and make it easy to cut along the lines for consumption. There isn’t much direction besides preheat the unit first and then cook your food for around 3 minutes. The only the directions really told me was that the red light meant the unit was one, and when the green light turned on, it was preheated and you could start making your food.
I went ahead and plugged the Quesadilla make in and started to gather my ingredients while it preheated. I did smell an odor, like burning plastic which almost made me unplug the unit. I scanned it quickly to make sure that I hadn’t missed anything such as wrapping. I didn’t so I reached for the directions which said that you may smell this odor, especially the first time that you use it. That was a bit unnerving, but I pushed on! Another thing the directions said was that you could put your meat, cheeses, veggies, and sauces on the Quesadilla while it is cooking. I had two round flour tortillas that I was using for this attempt.
I waited for the green light to come on, which meant that I could start cooking. This took around 5 minutes in total. I put the first tortilla down and lightly spread sour cream, and salsa, and topped that with diced tomatoes. After that, I placed the meat on top of that which was leftover shredded pork that I had made the night before, with seasoning and green peppers. I spread the food apart as much as possible in order to make sure the triangles that would cook would be filled with yummy goodness in each bite. Then I placed the top tortilla on top and closed the lid. There is no where to set an alarm or timer on the maker itself, so I pulled out my phone and set the timer for 3 minutes which was the recommended time for the Quesadilla.
After 3 minutes came and went, I checked out the Quesadilla. I could tell it was very lightly done because of the tiny amount of brown lines that lined the triangles. That is when I discovered that at the base of the maker, there is a clip that is on the top of the lid, that connects to the bottom. I didn’t see anything on the directions about this, but I understood that this would help keep the lid closed tighter and make a better Quesadilla. However, it was too hot to try to clip at that point, so I had to let it go, and add a few more minutes to the cook time. Maybe if I had known about that clip, it really would have only taken 3 minutes to cook instead of about 8 before I decided to try it out. I used tongs to get out the Quesadilla and put on my plate.
I had to wait several minutes in order to cut the Quesadilla since it was so hot. I had to wait several more minutes for it to even cool down enough for me to even try to eat it. Finally, I was able to cut it and eat! It tasted just as good as anything bought at a store or restaurant. I couldn’t taste the sour cream and the salsa that I put on first, but the cheese, meat, tomatoes and peppers were really good. The one thing that really impressed me is that the heat was trapped in the Quesadilla the whole entire time that I ate. This means that each piece was hot, which was wonderful since I hardly ever get to eat a hot meal. I was a huge fan of that aspect! It also made a huge portion that was very filling. It wasn’t over or under done, but just right.
So, what did I really like and dislike about the Parini Quesadilla Maker? First, I loved how the heat was trapped inside and each bit was not only warm, but hot! That is awesome! It was also very easy to make, and you can make lots of variations of food with this maker including snacks and breakfast. It made a great amount of food that was pretty filling. What I didn’t like. I think that there needs to be a timer on the machine. It would help a great deal to keep from burning or under cooking. The directions were terrible and didn’t give you much of description on what needs to be done. I also disagree with their thoughts that whatever sauce you are using should be put inside of the Quesadilla while you are cooking it. It didn’t work for me, so I suggest that if you try this maker out, wait and put in on after, or dip your Quesadilla into the sauce and enjoy it that way. While the lack of timer really bothered me, I am giving this a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The fact that it kept the heat in the food was awesome! That’s even after cutting it apart and eating the food over a period of about 20 minutes. The retail prices is about $28.00. If you don’t think you will use this very often, the I suggest that you try to find one cheaper like I did.
What do you think? Have you ever tried the Parini Quesadilla Maker? Leave your comments below!