Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Grilled Farmer's Market Sandwiches

I sure love the summer. Ahh... the sun warmly beaming through the windows making the couch have hot spots, the noise of crickets and cicadas making melodies in the trees, bike rides, floating in a pool while soaking up rays and drinking iced coffee, and of course.. grilling! I found this recipe in Cooking Light. And I'm sure glad I came across it. I made it one afternoon for lunch and used the leftovers for a sandwich the next day. Everyone at work was jealous. Oops. 
Grilled Farmer's Market Sandwich

2 T. olive oil, divided
8 slices eggplant, 1/2" thick (I used yellow squash)
2 slices red onion, 1/2" thick 
1 Lg zucchini, sliced in long 1/2" rectangles
2 t. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 t. black pepper
1/8 t. salt
1 T. white balsamic vinegar (I used regular)
4 slices of hearty bread like ciabatta (I used Italian)
Cooking Spray
4 slices provolone cheese (I used nutritional yeast)
2 tomatoes, sliced
8 basil leaves

Preheat grill on medium-high.
Brush veggies lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. 

Combine 1 T. oil with vinegar in a bowl. Brush mixture on one side of bread slices. 

Place veggies on grill rack or foil, coated with cooking spray and grill for 4-6 minutes on each side, or til tender.  Place bread, vinegar side down on grill; grill 2 minutes. Remove from grill.

Layer sandwiches: cheese, eggplant, tomato, basil, zucchini, onion, eggplant, tomato, basil and finish with cheese again and top with other bread slice. Place sandwich on grill for 2 minutes or until heated/cheese melts. 

I love this sandwich. It was so tasty and easy! Plus you can use anything you have on hand. Swap vinegars, veggies, "cheeses", herbs, etc. 

One thing I've enjoyed this summer is going to one of our favorite diners for a delicious breakfast or brunch. It's called The Coffeepot. The waitstaff and owners make you feel at home. They have the best toast made with homemade bread, fresh brewed iced tea, best american fried potatoes, and other amazing options. They even offer cage-free eggs. My mom took me there for lunch on my 27th birthday a couple weeks ago. 
We sat outside. It was a beautifully lovely day.
My mom surprised me with a decorated livingroom
Super fun surprise birthday package I got in the mail from my friend Sara! 
My mom makes everything so special. I'm so blessed! I got another surprise in the mail from my sister! 
I hope you are all enjoying your summers. Fall is coming some soon.. 
Feel free to suggest some recipes:) 
Chef Teebs

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