Product Review: Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker

The Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker entered my home recently after a much-needed break from my usual ‘sandwiches for lunch’ routine. After a little research on the art of quesadilla making, it became clear that the basic design of a quesadilla is an improvised version of a sandwich made with tortillas. Add a little toasting and heating action, and you have a well-rounded meal that can pack and travel well, and is great with a variety of accompaniments. Sold on the idea of homemade quesadillas, I realized that making them in a standard frying pan or even panini grill, just wasn’t going to cut it.

The Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker caught my eye on a recent trip to find a toaster. The grill makes perfect little triangles right on the quesadillas, making it easy to cut and serve. Think of a panini-style grill, perfectly sized for your kitchen; the Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker comes in a bright red glossy finish, and is a great addition for your grilling needs.

The nonstick cooking plates are easy to wipe down, and the maker comes equipped with a built-in drip tray. Drips were not too common; I tried a variety of fillings that included cheeses, veggies, marinara sauce, and even salsa. The only dripping fiasco experienced was when I embarked on a cheddar overload for a ‘grilled cheese and tomato quesadilla.’ After some trial and error, you do get a good idea of how much filling the Santa Fe Quesdilla Maker can handle.

The quesadillas each only take 4-5 minutes to cook up; each cooks evenly and toasts with a light brown finish. The ridges help to form the ideal triangles to break each quesadilla apart; you don’t have to worry about losing filling upon cutting! The recipe book that comes with the machine even includes some great dessert ideas; the cinnamon-sugar and fruity apple combinations were a hit. You can experiment with a variety of fillings and textures, as long as you don’t ‘overfill’. 10″ flour tortillas are the perfect choice for the Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker, as these fit completely and effectively onto the maker’s grill.

Whether you’re looking for an easy-to-prepare snack, a new dessert concoction, or a homemade quesadilla made with leftovers, the Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker can help you create a great menu. The quesadilla maker is easy to clean and maintain, and can be wiped down with a damp cloth between frequent uses. Choose from a variety of fillings and recipes, as the Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker can accommodate for many interesting combinations!

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