Whenever I make a grilled vegetable salad, I make sure to grill up an extra batch of veggies. Filled with flavor, these vegetables are excellent on pizzas, in quesadillas, or mixed into pasta salads. However, the best way to highlight the essence of the grilled vegetable is to make a stacked sandwich.
In this recipe the bread is coated with a quick, homemade pesto and the veggies are topped with melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella. To learn how to make a grilled veggie sandwich, please read more.
From Giada De Laurentiis Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil Directions Serves 12. Basil Pesto: 2 cups fresh basil leaves Makes 1 cup.
Grilled Veggie Panini
2 small Japanese eggplants or 1 medium to large regular eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 baguettes (each about 2 feet long)
1/2 cup Basil Pesto, recipe follows
8 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
8 large basil leaves, optional
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup (about) extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
From Giada De Laurentiis
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Makes 1 cup.