Cooking for a hungry family keeps Debbie Schmid on her toes. Her husband and three kids all want something different and they want it fast.
The Big Boss Grill has six interchangeable cooking surfaces and claims it can replace all your cooking appliances. It comes with a grill, waffle, griddle, omelette, donut and sandwich plates. There is also a plate holder and recipe book.
All those pieces were a concern to Debbie. "Where am I going to put all this stuff?" she asked. "How am I going to do this? Is it too complicated?"
Debbie has heard it all before and is not an easy sell. So she put the grill through its paces. First up, a western omelet. It cooks on both sides at once, no flipping, and is supposed to be done in five minutes.
But when Debbie checked on it, the eggs were not ready. "It's still a little runny," she said. So she gave it a few more minutes and it looked better. "It's fine but it's still not cooked all the way through though," she said.
Next up we popped in the sandwich plates and tried making the Philly Pocket. Two hot roast beef sandwiches were ready in five minutes. "Not bad," Debbie said.
The cooking surface is pretty tight, so don't be surprised to see the juices leaking out on your counter and inside the grill.
Finally Debbie made chicken parmesan on the griddle. The recipe looked good. Just spit a boneless chicken breast apart and fill with fresh basil, mushrooms and cheese. The directions say cook for ten minutes but Debbie gave it a few extra minutes. "It's good,"she said, "it cooked."
The non-stick plates clean up easily and are dishwasher safe. We made breakfast, lunch and dinner in about an hour. "It definitely cooks the meals up a lot quicker," she said. "It's a small device, all you need to do is plug it in. Definitely for a single person or college person, it's good."
The Big Boss Grill sells for $60 but the shipping charges were $23 more for a grand total of $83. That includes a bonus mini-food processor. The grill is also sold in stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond without the food processor but no inflated shipping charges.
Maybe it's not for Debbie's family, but does she think the Big Boss Grill could do the trick if you're cooking for one or two? "I give it thumbs up."