How to Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese: The Zucchini Edition

Discover a mouthwatering blend of melty cheese and fresh zucchini tucked between two golden-brown slices of bread. This Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a tasty twist on a traditional favorite, adding some hidden veggies to your lunchtime.
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About this recipe

This delightful and nutritious spin on a traditional grilled cheese sandwich is a guaranteed hit with kids and parents alike. Bursting with oozy cheese and snuck-in veggies, our Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe is an adventure in every bite.

Grilled cheese zucchini sandwich ingredients

  • Grate the zucchini and squeeze out all the liquid.
  • Shredded vegan cheese, mozzarella or cheddar
  • Basil, fresh is best.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sandwich bread, sliced
  • Vegan butter or olive oil

how to make the sandwich with zucchini

Grate the zucchini with a grater box and place over an old kitchen towel. Sprinkle the salt and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Squeeze the liquid out and put the dry zucchini in a clean bowl. Mix the zucchini with the cheese and basil.

To make the sandwich, spread dijon on the top half, add 1/2 cup of cheese and zucchini mix, then place the top half on.

Place a skillet on medium-high heat and the olive oil or butter, and place the sandwich. Toast on both sides until cheese is melted.

tips on Grilling the sandwich

With a panini press. A panini press machine can make a difference for this and any other sandwich. Be sure to butter both outer sides of the sandwich or prepare your press by oiling the irons.

Without a panini press. Place a large heavy skillet or a non-stick pan on the stove over medium heat. Butter the outside of your sandwich or add a bit of oil to the pan to prevent the sandwich from sticking and to give it a nice, crispy finish.

Take a slightly smaller skillet or pan and press it down on top of the sandwich to flatten it. To add extra weight and press the sandwich even more, you can add a heavy item, like a can of food or a smaller pan.

Turn the sandwich over carefully with a spatula, and repeat the pressing process for the other side. Once both sides are crispy and the cheese inside is melted, remove the sandwich from the pan. Let it cool for a minute or two, then slice and serve!

vegan grilled zucchini  sandwich

Tips and ideas

  • I use vegan mozzarella cheese; you could use vegan cheddar cheese or pepper jack.
  • Add sliced tomato to the sandwich, and it will be like a pizza-flavor-vibe.
  • Switch up the condiments, and use pesto, chipotle, kimchi mayo, or cherry roasted tomatoes.

Zucchini grilled cheese

Alejandra Graf
Discover a mouthwatering blend of melty cheese and fresh zucchini tucked between two golden-brown slices of bread. This Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a tasty twist on a traditional favorite, adding some hidden veggies to your lunchtime.
5 de 13 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 237 kcal

Equipment

  • Box grater
  • Cast pan iron
  • Old kitchen towel

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup grated zucchini drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced basil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 teaspoon vegan butter or olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Grate the zucchini with a grater box and place over an old kitchen towel. Sprinkle the salt and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze moisture out and put the dry zucchini in a clean bowl.
  • Mix the zucchini with the cheese and basil.
  • To make the sandwich, spread Dijon mustard on the top half, add around 1/2 cup of the cheese and zucchini mixture, and then place the top half on.
  • Place a skillet on medium-high heat and the olive oil or butter, and place the sandwich. Toast on both sides until cheese is melted.

Notes

Serve immediately with a huge salad or sweet potato chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 855mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 188IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 158mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Vegan gluten-free sandwich, zucchini sandwich

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