Zucchini sort of sneaks up on you in mid-summer. One day, there are barely any to be found. And then, suddenly – the farmers’ market is flooded with them. Your neighbors try to give you baskets full. It’s like a zucchini overload and you’re wondering just how much zucchini bread you can deal with.
No worries. There’s more to zucchini than loaves or even veggie lasagnas, though those are great, too. We like to make ours into panini-style pressed sandwiches. This comes together in a snap and is even great packed for lunches. A small warning – if your zukes are juicy, this sandwich will be, too! The drips are all part of the fun, just have a napkin handy.
How many portions you end up with depends a lot on the bread you use. Regular slices will yield 4 to 6. We like to use a large flat loaf and slice it into thinner sandwiches. Heck, you can even use bagels or English muffins if you want to!
Pressed Zucchini Sandwiches
1/4 cup mustard
1 Tbl. soy sauce (we use San-J Gluten Free)
1 tsp. horseradish
salt/pepper, to taste
2-3 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
red onion, sliced into rings
1 Tbl. grapeseed oil
bread, enough for 4 to 6 sandwiches, your favorite
slices of roasted red pepper (optional)
slices of fresh tomato (optional)
sprouts, for topping (optional)
Stir together mustard, vegan mayo, soy sauce, horseradish and salt/pepper to make a sauce.
Slice zucchini lengthwise, making long pieces – at least four per zucchini. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute zucchini slices and red onion rings about 3 to 5 minutes per side, until brown and warmed through.
If you have a panini press, get it ready (plugged in, warmed on stove, etc.). Otherwise, use a flat pan lid and weight (like a sturdy plate) to “make” a press in your regular pan.
Slather bread with the mustard-horseradish sauce. Stack zucchini, red onions, and toppings of choice like roasted red peppers, tomatoes or sprouts onto sandwich. Repeat for four sandwiches.
Grill on panini press for about 7 to 10 minutes. Sandwiches will flatten by several inches and the bread will get crunchy and toasted. Serve hot and use up that zucchini!
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