Well, folks - did the George Foreman experiment and it worked. I asked my missus where our George was and she asked me why. I told her of Old Bone's idea about using it for hash browns and she immediately went into the storage area and found it. Wasn't expecting to try it so soon, but what the heck - why not. Just to be sure I am not biased I asked her to be the judge on texture and flavor. We have the original small edition of the George Foreman.
Still in the cooker - it took about 15 minutes to achieve this level of brown.
Plated - the outsides (top and bottom) were perfectly crispy, but the inside was a bit dry. I think 15 minutes was probably too long, but any earlier and it wasn't as brown. The flavor was good, but my better half said to brush on some oil.
On another note, these only had a quick spritz of spray oil, and for those that need low fat hash browns, these would certainly quench the salt/crisp tooth. The calorie count must be excellent - the box claims 70 calories per serving, which is 1/3 cup dry. What you see here is about 2 servings plus the cooking spray. The only problem with estimating the calories in the spray is that the Kirkland brand claims zero calories and zero from fat even though the ingredients specify canola oil. So, I'd guess that what you see represents about 150 calories, and very little from fat.
I'd say that this experiment was a success. I think you're correct though, Bear, because this is a gravity press unit, I'm not sure there was enough contact with hot metal as the potatoes shrunk as they cooked - maybe why they were a bit dry.