Zucchini Panini!

You know it’s good, ‘cuz it rhymes!

If you have a panini press, or maybe even a george foreman grill, this is a nice quick sandwich with melty cheese you can munch on while wrapping gifts, baking cookies, or whatever it is you’re busy doing this month.

open-faced zucchini panini sandwich
open-faced zucchini panini sandwich

Open-faced Zucchini Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 small zucchini, sliced into long flat pieces, lengthwise
1 piece bread, sitting around your pantry threatening to go bad eventually
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs pesto
8 one-inch flakes parmesan cheese
3-6 slices deli meat, per preference (ham, proscuitto, soppressatta, etc).
1 Tbs butter
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash fresh ground pepper
1 drizzle olive oil

Instructions:
1. Combine sandwich ingredients vertically in layers, in this order:
butter (on the bottom)
bread
tomato paste & pesto
deli meat
parmesan
zucchini spread out in one flat layer
butter
garlic powder & pepper

2. Heat panini press to hotness, apply some butter.
3. Press sandwich for 5 minutes, max.
4. Enjoy!

Today’s Recipe Rating:
Novelty Rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Likelihood of Repeat: 80%
I like the idea of having vegetables in my panini, even if it is a little on the carby side. If not for my ‘roommate’, I would probably make it without the deli meat too. Provided your tomato paste or sauce is thick enough, it serves just fine as a vegetarian version. You could even skip the cheese (and butter) and it would be a decent vegan option.
Lesson Learned: It’s good to have the zucchini atop the cheese, or else the cheese will melt and burn onto the panini press for a hot mess.

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