Hamilton Beach's panini presses makes creating paninis -- elaborate or minimal -- simple. Try a variety of breads, such as sourdough, French or Italian, and fillings, such as goat cheese, chives, tomatoes and bacon, to tailor your panini to the craving of the day. Before using the panini press, read the safety precautions in the owner's manual. The manual also includes several recipes and sandwich suggestions.
Plug in the panini press and close the lid. Preheat it for about 6 minutes, or until the indicator light turns green.
Spray the cooking surface with cooking spray. Place a slice of bread on the bottom of the cooking surface.
Top the bread with your desired sandwich ingredients, such as spreads, cheeses, precooked meats, vegetables and spices. Top with another slice of bread.
Lower the cover to rest on top of the sandwich. Do not press down on the cover.
Wait 3 to 5 minutes, then lift the lid and check your food. If your sandwich is not cooked to your preference, lower the lid and allow it to cook for 1 or 2 more minutes.
Unplug the unit after use. Allow it to cool before cleaning.
Clean the press before the first use and after each subsequent use: Scrape the cooking surface with a plastic spatula to remove food particles. Apply a drop of dish detergent to a damp sponge and wipe the interior. Wipe it again with a clean, damp sponge to remove soap residue. Dry with a clean towel.
Do not place your Hamilton Beach Panini Press in the dishwasher or immerse it in water.
Don't cook raw meats in a panini press.