I have a quick, delicious, garden fresh recipe for you today.
Last night, I made zucchini, tomato, and mint paninis with mozzarella and feta cheese on whole wheat bread.
I love paninis because they are so ridiculously easy to make, and usually don’t make my kitchen all hot (perfect hot-weather food!) We have paninis almost every Thursday. If you do not have a panini press, but desire one, this is the one I use and I highly recommend it:
It has reversible plates (so you can take them out to clean), you can buy waffle plates for it, and it has multiple panini and griddle settings. It’s also super durable. The one thing it doesn’t have is a floating hinge lock, but with how great it is otherwise, I am happy with it.
If you are not in the panini market, you can also make this sandwich like a grilled cheese on your stove top, or like a toasted cheese in your broiler.
Now for the recipe.
Makes 4 paninis
1 medium zucchini, cut in half, and then into strips crosswise
1 medium tomato, seeds removed, and cut into strips
4 slices of feta cheese (or about 2 tablespoons of crumbles per sandwich)
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
8 mint leaves, cut into strips
8 slices of your favorite bread
olive oil, for coating pan
salt and pepper, to taste
After cutting your zucchini, spray a grill pan with olive oil, and grill the zucchini over medium-high heat on both sides until well marked. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble the paninis, put one slice of bread on each plate. Top with the mozzarella (I tore each slice into pieces), then line each piece with about 3-4 slices of zucchini, add 3-4 slices of tomato, and then break up the feta over the vegetables. Finally, add the mint strips. Top each sandwich with another slice of bread. This is what mine looked like before closing the sandwich:
The grilling instructions will vary depending on your panini press, but these took about 5 and a half minutes in my panini press on the high setting. If you are using a broiler, use a moderate (normal) heat, and if you are doing it on the stove top, try for a medium heat.