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7 Surprising, Awesome Things You Can Cook In A Sandwich Press

Turns out you can cook pretty much anything. Seriously.

06/09/2016 1:02 PM AEST | Updated September 7, 2016 09:04

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Chances are, next to that trusty microwave at work or at home is a toastie maker, which lends its hot plate to all your cheese, tomato and ham toastie needs, filling the office and your kitchen with its glorious scent.

But aside from toasted sangas, what else can a plain ol' sandwich maker cook?

What about bacon? Or haloumi? Or even steak?

To put the classic toastie maker to the test, we tried to cook seven different foods and, to our surprise, most of them worked. Really, really well.

Here are the seven surprising things you can cook in a toastie maker.

A word of caution, however -- your fellow workmates will probably NOT want you to cook a fillet of smelly salmon or steak on the communal toastie maker.

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Caramelised banana is one of the best accompaniments on top of peanut butter toast or porridge (both of which you can make at work FYI), so we set out to make it on the toastie maker.

Sceptical at first, the banana slices topped with coconut sugar began to caramelise after just one minute, and became gooey, sweet and sticky in two minutes. Success.

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Not sure what to top your avocado toast with? Well, fry up an egg with a perfectly runny yolk because it's not only possible, but quicker than doing so in a fry pan. Win.

If you like your eggs over easy, just flip the egg carefully halfway.

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If you love grilled or roasted veggies but can't be stuffed (or don't have the time) to do it, you can throw your favourite vegetables on a hot toastie maker and have tasty grilled veggies in two minutes. TWO MINUTES.

We used eggplant and zucchini, but feel free to cook tomato, onion or thinly sliced sweet potato.

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Holy moly. You can make perfectly cooked bacon in the toastie in two and a half minutes, no joke.

All you need for this life-changing revelation is some bacon and... that's it. No oil needed. Just a hot toastie maker, bacon and a few quick minutes. Pair with that fried egg above and you're set.

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If your salad is looking boring, halloumi is the answer, especially this toastie halloumi made in three minutes.

Simply slice up some halloumi, bang it on the sandwich press (no oil required) and cook to golden perfection.

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We don't recommend cooking this one at work as the smell is extremely strong, but the fact that you can cook a steak in under two minutes is pretty spectacular.

Thanks to the toastie's non-stick surface, you don't need any oil to cook the meat. Just a few steaks, a toastie maker and a minute and a half. Yippee.

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Again, this is not one to cook at work unless your whole office enjoys the smell of a fish market, but for home use this is perfect.

We used a thick fillet of salmon, placed it on the hot plate for just over four minutes and the result was amazing: golden and crispy on the outside, and tender and pink in the middle.

There you have it. Toastie makers are the bloody best.

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