Perfect Florida Picnics – Superb Sandwiches Part 2
|June 20, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
Peanut butter and jelly. Deli meat and cheese. Bacon, lettuce and tomato. These are all super picnic sandwich options. However, we have some amazing vegetable and fruit sandwiches that require only a little prep in advance, with lots of enjoyment at the picnic.
These Zucchini, Tomato and Mozzarella Panini are made with fresh vegetables, herbs and melty mozzarella. Yum!
• 4 slices whole-wheat Italian bread
• 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed and sliced very thin (lengthwise)
• 1 medium tomato, sliced thin
• 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
• 8 fresh basil leaves
• unsalted butter for cooking
• kosher salt to taste
• freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat a large-sized sauté pan over medium heat. Lay two of the bread slices down on a cutting board to assemble sandwich. Evenly distribute half of the cheese over both slices of bread. Season the cheese lightly with salt and pepper.
2. Add the thinly sliced zucchini on top of the cheese. Add basil leaves and sliced tomato on top of the zucchini. Finally, add the remaining cheese to the top of the sliced tomato. Top the sandwiches with the remaining two slices of bread.
3. To cook sandwiches, place several small pats of butter on the top side of each sandwich. Place each sandwich butter side down in the sauté pan. Add several small butter pats to the unbuttered side of each sandwich.
4. Cook sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and melted. Remove sandwiches from pan and let cool slightly. Use a serrated knife to cut sandwiches in half. Serve warm.
For a sweet take on superb picnic sandwiches, Chef Justin created Florida Strawberry Mascarpone Panini and Open Face Watermelon Sandwiches. It’s okay to play with these recipes, too. If it’s blueberry season, try using those in the panini. The sweet blueberry would complemented the creaminess of the mascarpone. Do you have a basil plant in your garden? Substitute the mint in the watermelon sandwich with basil for another amazing flavor combination.
Looking for more sandwich ideas? Check out www.thefloridachef.com to be inspired!