Preparing the veggies for grilling
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat while you prepare the veggies.
Grilling the vegetables
Building a grilled vegetable panini
You can make delicious paninis on various breads but be sure to choose a bread that stands on its own. A focaccia, ciabatta or a whole grain baguette, are all good choices. Avoid light, airy bread such as sourdough.
Grilled panini bread option
Then you will have a panini that looks like this 🙂
Grilled Vegetable Panini
Recipe Giada De Laurentiis
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 small Japanese eggplants or 1 medium to large regular eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 2 zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 baguettes (each about 2 feet long)
- 1/2 cup Basil Pesto, purchased or Fresh Basil Pesto
- 8 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
- 8 large basil leaves, optional
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
Drizzle the oil over the eggplant, zucchini, and onion slices, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Working in batches, grill the eggplant, zucchini, and onions until they are tender and grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Cool completely.
Cut each baguette into 6 pieces. Working with one baguette piece at a time, slice in half and spread both sides with the pesto.
Working with the bottom slice of the baguette, stack 2 slices of eggplant, 2 slices zucchini, 1 slice onion, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice mozzarella, and 1 slice of roasted pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place top half of baguette on top and continue with remaining baguette. (The sandwiches can be made 4 hours ahead. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
Quick and Easy Fresh Basil PestoMaking your own basil pesto is easy and there really isn’t any comparison with its bright, fresh flavor. Give it a try and see for yourself. The recipe includes suggestions for substituting other nuts for the pine nuts, saving you money.
What to serve with a panini?
The perfect finish…
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