Grilled Vegetable Panini

Grilled Vegetable Panini


A while ago I made an eggplant and mozzarella panini that I really enjoyed. While I was eating it ideas started to form about other tasty sandwiches. The ideas percolated over the intervening days and came to fruition recently when I realized that that I had some chickpeas that needed to be used and a freezer full of roasted red peppers. I had been thinking about a grilled eggplant and zucchini sandwich with roasted red peppers and the leftover chickpeas inspired my to add some hummus to the sandwich. Hummus is one of my favorite dips and I am constantly looking for new ways to enjoy it. Using it as a condiment in a sandwich is something that I have been wanting to try for a while and this was the perfect chance. I also wanted some cheese in my sandwich and since I already had a lot of ingredients that I associate with Greek cuisine, I thought that some crumbled feta would go nicely. I finished the sandwiches off with a splash of balsamic vinegar for even more flavour and a bit of a kick. With the sandwiches contents decided, the only thing left was the bread. I really like the texture of whole grained bread and since it is also healthier I tend to always pick it up and I used some for these sandwiches. The grilled panini sandwiches turned out great! They were nice and warm and full of flavour and oh so good! Everything in this sandwich just worked really well together. I liked the way that the crumbed feta kind of melted into the sandwich and splash of balsamic vinegar was perfect. I have a feeling that I will be making these sandwiches again and again.

Note: I just used a plain hummus but you could easily drop the roasted red peppers and use a roasted red pepper hummus of any other flavour of hummus would go well in this sandwich. I am looking forward to making these sandwiches again and using roasted garlic hummus or maybe sun dried tomato hummus or maybe even sun dried olive hummus.

Grilled Vegetable Panini

(makes 4 sandwiches)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 zucchini (cut into thin slices)
1 eggplant (cut into thin slices)
* olive oil
oregano, salt and pepper to taste
4 roasted red peppers
1 cup feta (crumbled)
4 tablespoons hummus
8 slices of bread
balsamic vinegar

Directions:
1. Lightly brush the zucchini and eggplant in olive oil and season with oregano, salt and pepper.
2. Grill the vegetables over medium-high heat until tender and nice and golden brown.
3. Assemble sandwich including a slash of balsamic vinegar.
4. Lightly brush the bread in olive oil and grill until golden brown on both sides.

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52 comments:

Sara said...

This looks like the perfect sandwich! I love grilled vegetables.

Rita said...

My kind of lunch, I make those during the summer time when veggies are in season and can't get enough of it.

Organic said...

Great kevin! You made it look so yummy!

unconfidentialcook said...

I love paninis, and this one looks just right. BTW, I just had garlic-cilantro hummus from Trader Joe's and it's worth a try for sure!

Not Another Omnivore said...

This looks awesome!

NAOmni

Nina Timm said...

This is the healthiest pannini that I have ever seen!!! Wow, I love the hummus in there too!!!

Millie said...

Yumm, I'll try this.

tamilyn said...

It's all nice and squished. I so wanted one for lunch today and the restaurant didn't have them on the menu. Sigh. Looks tasty!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Oh Kevin, You and I are on the same wave length today, I did the same veggie panini! How funny :-)

Bridgett said...

I am always up for a good panini. This looks perfect.

Foodess said...

Sometimes a gooey, warm sandwich is the perfect comfort meal. I still want to try your eggplant & mozzarella panini!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Talk about picture perfect! Look at those grill marks. I'm right there.

Debby

Amanda said...

Oh that's really good. And all ingredients in season too. Try it with portobello mushrooms next time.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look beautiful, appetizing and delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jan said...

I'll have one of those please thank you very much! Looks yummy!

Happy cook said...

Wow wow wow looks so yummy delcious.

Melissa said...

You can do so many things with panini's! :) These look like some yummy one, and on the healthy side too!

VeggieGirl said...

Classic sandwich!!

Darius T. Williams said...

Great photo sir...looks really tasty!

Phyllis said...

I love paninis! A few years ago the panini craze hit NYC and every single deli and corner store started carrying "panini" using substandard ingredients on pita bread! It made me quite suspicious of anything called panini but your recipe looks DELISH(esp with the addition of the hummus). Thanks for sharing!

lisaiscooking said...

I love the layer of hummus in there! Roasted garlic hummus sounds great too.

Dana Treat said...

I usually find vegetarian sandwiches so boring (and I am a veg), but this looks and sounds so interesting and delicious!

Daziano said...

Mmmmmm nice panino!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Love how you really packed the veggies in there! This would be great with a soup for lunch - yum!

megan (brooklyn farmhouse) said...

Will you come over and make me lunch?? :)

Ann said...

What a healthy panini...looks simply great

meeso said...

That looks like the sandwich I want to eat for lunch!!!

Karen said...

Great looking sandwich and interesting flavors... bet it was good!

Jennifer said...

Such a perfect panini!!!

Claud said...

Looks great... I'm sure I can even smell it!

duodishes.com said...

When a sandwich has grill marks, it's going to be good. We need a panini maker!

aubrey said...

I'm a drooling looking at that picture! This sammy is a work of art!

Jennifer said...

Adding the hummus to your sammie is a great idea. There is an Italian restaurant by my office that makes paninis. I love that the bread is so crusty and the cheese gets all gooey. I've debated about getting a panini press, but it would probably end up with all the other gadets I desperately needed, but never use!

Marta said...

Oh my... this looks so scrumptious and delicious!! Great job!

The Food Hunter said...

Looks like a wonderful panini.

Jennifer said...

That looks delicious! grilled veggies rock. Are you interested in the meyer lemon roud up next week?

Beer Lover said...

it looks awesome! healthy and yummy!

Nicisme said...

Mmmm, that looks like the perfect sarnie to me! Love it.

Kerstin said...

Gorgeous! Roasted veggies + hummus = huge thumbs up! And even better on a panini!

Koko said...

THIS LOOKS AMAZING.

Pam said...

I always make such boring sandwiches, just lunchmeat and cheese. I really need to do better!

Heather said...

i love a good panini! those grill marks are gorgeous :)

Sweet Bird said...

I love panini, no matter the kind - and this one looks delicious

ttfn300 said...

hummus and grilled veggies?? very yummy

Juliana said...

I love panini, and grilled vegetables...such a great combination.

Jan said...

Fabulous looking sarnie, Kevin.

BTW I forgot to mention in my last comment, I thought I'd retired my winter coat after 2 weeks of warm weather, but today it's snowing again. :-)

Katrina said...

This looks de-licious!

homecooked said...

The sandwich looks so filling and perfect!

Melody said...

I've made this about six times now, and I never get tired of it! I've used artichoke-garlic-spinach hummus (homemade) and subbed out fresh mozzarella for feta, and it always tastes fabulous. I don't care if summer veggies are out of season. As long as I can find them in the store, this will be on my plate. Thanks!

sarah said...

Hey Kevin,
Thanks for this recipe ... it looks really good. I just have a question. When you say "Grill" the eggplant, do you mean in the oven? If yes, you didn't mention the degree of the oven.

Thanks

Kevin said...

sarah: By grill I mean on the grill or barbecue or in a grilling pan on the stove at medium-high heat. You could also broil it in the oven.

Anonymous said...

I just peed

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