How to Make Grilled Zucchini Caprice Sandwich

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I love to eat. My friends and I are all foodies. If you are not a foodie then you cannot hang out with us. With that being said, we are currently into the fresh farm to table movement and try to cook with vegetables and fruits as much as possible. This is how we got really into zucchini sandwiches.

I have always been a fan of caprice sandwiches. Fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Put it on a really crusty piece of bread and your mouth begins to smile. My one friend had a zucchini and decided one night to put it in her sandwich.

We asked how she wanted to go about adding zucchini to her caprice sandwich and she simply said by grilling it. And so history has been made. We ate them that night and we could not get over how much grilled zucchini improved the already perfect caprice sandwich. It was savoury and filled us right up. After having one sandwich we became immediately obsessed and ate them all week. When we become obsessed with an ingredient, we become obsessed. Now it is your turn to try our creation.

What you need:

  • Zucchini
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes- use red and yellow for different colours and flavours
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Foil
  • Grill
  • Garlic
  • Pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Food processor

I will admit that I watch a lot of cooking shows and I am pretty confident in my cooking skills because of it. That is how I came up with this recipe. I am sure it is just as good as your favourite celebrity chefs.

Step1: Slice zucchini, place on foil and grill them

First thinly slice your zucchini lengthwise. Dab both sides with olive oil so they will grill nicely. Place them on the foil and bring them out to your grill. Place them on the rack and allow to cook.

Step 2: Remove from grill

Keep grill closed and then turn after 5 minutes. Allow to cook for another 3 minutes before taking off the grill. You will want the zucchini to cool prior to putting it in your sandwich. While cooling, you can prep the other ingredients.

Step 3: Prepare other ingredients

First take the basil, more olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and pine nuts and place them in a food processor. You may wish to add a pinch of salt too. Once it is mixed together you will have fresh homemade pesto. The perfect topping for any caprice sandwich. With or without zucchini.

Step 4: Chop Tomatoes

After your pesto is made then you can chop your tomatoes. I start at the bottom and slice them width wise. This way your tomatoes will come out looking like they do on television. Your friends will be asking where you got this technique from. You are welcome.

Step 5: Cut Mozzarella

Next comes the fresh mozzarella. It should come in a ball and you can slice it the same way you did the tomato. I usually slice a piece for a sandwich, then slice a piece for myself and continue to do this until the ball of mozzarella is completely sliced. You may need two or three balls of fresh mozzarella depending on how many sandwiches you make and how much mozzarella you snack on whilst slicing.

Step 6: Open bread, put the olive oil into and grill

Now for the bread. What I do, and my friends do, is purchase a long crusty loaf of bread. We slice it open completely and then brush both sides of it with olive oil and place it oil side down on the grill for about two or three minutes. It will create a nice crisp and buttery texture but not be too heavy. Now bring it back into the kitchen.

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Step 7: Construct the sandwich and get delicious food with Grilled Zucchini

The zucchini will be cool by now and we can begin to construct the sandwich. Since you already have the olive oil toasted on the bread you can pit the mozzarella cheese on top next. Be sure to cover just one of the halves with the toppings. The mozzarella should be laid out slice by slice and should be placed right next to or right on top of one another. After your cheese comes the tomatoes. I like to put a slice or red and then a slice of yellow tomato. I continue with the pattern red, yellow, red, yellow etc. until all of the slices of tomatoes are gone. After your tomatoes, you can then place the zucchini. Slice by slice, piled nicely on top. Just thinking about it makes me want a sandwich! Now You can put your pesto on top for the finishing touches. I usually put a healthy amount on, and do not skimp on it. Pesto is one of my favourite ingredients. Now put the top on and slice it into individual sandwiches.

Benefits of this sandwich:

Adds more vegetables since we should ‘strive for 5’ and the zucchini is grilled, not fried.

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