Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Sandwich is one of my favorite meal and especially this grilled veggie one. Colorful veggies are grilled perfectly and arranged on bread with pesto and cheese. These sandwiches tastes out of this world. They are so mouthwatering, you will want to pick one when you see them.
I love Basil. We have a beautiful basil plant in our garden and I always find a way to use basil in different dishes cause it's so refreshing and colorful. And Pesto is a good way to use up that basil.
Basil Pesto used for this sandwich can be store bought or you can make at home, I will be sharing the recipe for pesto as well. You can make pesto, freeze it and use it when required. Bread that I use for this particular sandwich is Pain de Campagne Round Bread from Wegmans(which is a grocery store chain). If you want, check out this link. The best part is they will slice the bread for you :-)  http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=655434&storeId=10052&langId=-1
But you can use nice crusty bread like Ciabatta, Tuscan or any other Italian bread.
You will need a gas grill to grill vegetables or you can grill them in preheated oven at 375 F for about 20-25 minutes.

2 Zucchini sliced lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices
1 Red Bell Pepper seeded and halved
4-5 Button Mushrooms
1 Large Red Onion Sliced into thick rings
1 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese cut into slices
Salt and Pepper
1 loaf Pain de champane bread or any nice crusty Italian bread
1/2 cup Basil Pesto (approximately)
 E.V.O.O(Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

For Pesto(Makes 1 cup)
2 Cups tightly packed fresh basil
3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup walnuts or 2 tbsp of Pine Nuts
1/2 garlic clove
Salt and Pepper as per taste

Method For Pesto, blend together all the ingredients for Pesto in a blender/food processor and keep aside.

Now let's start by grilling veggies. Put the grill on medium high heat. Brush all the Veggies with E.V.O.O and season with salt and pepper. Start grilling veggies on grill in batches. Grill until tender and charred all over. Red bell pepper will take more time than other veggies so make sure you put them first on grill. Keep an eye on Zucchini as they cook fast.
Place grilled bell pepper in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap for few minutes, this helps to remove the skin. Cut Zucchini's in half and bell pepper lengthwise. Slice Mushrooms. 
Drizzle bread with olive oil and grill it.

To assemble, slather pesto on one slice and top it with grilled veggies and then fresh mozzarella slices.
Broil the above sandwiches in oven on high for couple of minutes until cheese starts to melt. Top it with other slice and cut in half and enjoy.
Serve it with some chips and pickle.

Quick Tips-: 
Try adding crushed red pepper flakes on your sandwich for a little heat.

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