If you’re anything like me then you probably love gadgets that makes your busy lifestyle easier to manage, and as I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the thought of something that makes food preparation quicker and easier is very appealing!
So when Tefal offered to send me the new Optigrill to try I jumped at the chance as it looked like it was the answer to all of my kitchen prayers. Oh, and just so you know, I did receive this item for free but haven’t been paid for this post – it’s my honest opinion.
What is the Tefal Optigrill?
It’s a grill that sits on your kitchen worktop and perfectly cooks pretty much anything you want it to. But the thing that makes it so special is that it grills everything exactly how you want it without you having to keep an eye on a timer or keep checking the food…it does it all for you!
The Optigrill has six automatic programmes which grill everything from chicken or steak through to fish or sausages. The automatic sensor within it adapts to the thickness of the food you put in the grill so it knows how long to cook it for. Seriously, I’ve been using the Optigrill for a few weeks because I wanted to make sure I tried it out fully before letting you know what I think about it, and every single thing I’ve grilled with it has been cooked to perfection!
I absolutely love this machine! The best part…my chicken is never overcooked anymore. You know that struggle with cooking chicken where you think you’ll leave it for a few minutes more to make sure it’s cooked and then you check it and it’s really dry? Well, this takes away that problem!
It cooks steak perfectly too! I’ve had a few rump and fillet steaks since getting this and they’re always done just how I like them – medium/rare, in case you were wondering. But if that’s not how you like steak, don’t worry – you can choose any preference and it will do everything for you.
You just have to select the food that you’re putting in the Optigrill and then wait for the funky looking light to turn the appropriate colour (for which you’ll get a guide in the box) and it’s ready!
It’s really easy to use and the short and simple guides you get in the box explain everything (without the need to read a long manual, thankfully).
This is easily my favourite kitchen gadget now. I use it all the time as it cooks the meat perfectly and I can get on with preparing the rest of the meal, safe in the knowledge that the funky light and sound alert will let me know when my food is ready.
The machine is clearly very well made, it’s sturdy and strong and above all, really easy to clean! You can remove the grill pads with no fuss and they literally take me about a minute to clean every time! The drip tray catches any juices from the meat too, so there’s no mess. Seriously…I was trying to think of ways the Optigrill could be improved because I wanted to give you a proper review of all the pros and cons, but the only thing I can think of would be that it could do with a slightly longer wire for the plug, but that’s just because my kitchen only has a few plug sockets. Other than that, I honestly can’t think of any ways this could be improved!
Because it’s great for grilling vegetables too, I love using the Optigrill for food prep because it can perfectly grill almost everything I need. It obviously can’t cook rice, but that only takes a few minutes in the microwave so I guess I’ll let this brilliant machine off on that part.
So, as it’s a great all rounder in the kitchen, I thought I’d share a little recipe I’ve become particularly fond of since getting the Optigrill…I love it because the only things you need to make it are the Tefal Optigrill and a microwave.
It’s my delicious jerk chicken…
Jerk chicken recipe
For the marinade
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp all spice
½ tsp cumin
1 garlic clove (crushed)
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp chilli powder (I used mild but it’s up to you)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger (grated)
Pinch of thyme (I used about 1/8 tsp but that’s way too precise to measure out, so just take a tiny pinch)
1 ½ tbsp rapeseed oil
1 ½ tbsp honey
Other ingredients needed
½ fresh pineapple
½ red pepper
1 bag Tilda lime and coriander rice (microwaveable)
To make the marinade
Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined
Then place the chicken breasts in a zip lock bag and scoop in the marinade
Close the bag (after gently squeezing to ensure the air is removed from it), then massage the chicken breasts through the bag to coat them in the marinade – this should take about a minute to make sure you have an even coating all over the chicken breasts
Then place the bag in the fridge – ideally overnight, but for at least two hours
To cook the meal
Turn the OptiGrill on and follow the instructions for cooking chicken, then place the marinated chicken breasts in the OptiGrill and allow to cook fully (until the red light shows and the machine signals it has finished cooking)
While the chicken is cooking, chop the peppers and pineapple into rectanglular chunks then place to one side until the chicken is fully cooked
Once the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the Optigrill and place on the dinner plate and close the OptiGrill. Then follow the Optigrill instructions starting again from step 3 (which allows you to cook something else while the machine has already preheated)
Place the pineapple and peppers chunks in the Optigrill and close, allowing them to grill for approx. one minute
While the pineapple and peppers grill, put the rice in the microwave and cook it
Then remove the pineapple and peppers from the Optigrill and the rice from the microwave, and serve
I get sent quite a few things to review, but only the things I really like ever make it onto my blog – I don’t post it on here unless I would actually buy the item and I would definitely buy the Tefal Optigrill! I highly recommend it, particularly for food prep!
For more info, check out the Tefal website.