Grilled Summer Vegetable Panini
This Grilled Summer Vegetable Panini has all your favorite summer veggies in a crispy, cheesy panini and you don’t even need a panini maker. Perfect for summer family road trips, picnics and beach days, this vegetarian sandwich comes with an easy and bold flavor booster. It’s a veggie deluxe grilled cheese.
I want to introduce you to my new favorite sandwich spread, sun-dried tomato paste. Sun-dried tomatoes are blended with garlic and fresh basil. It makes the easiest and best sandwich spread inspired by my Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto that also doubles as a pasta sauce.
Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my favorite ways to add sweet flavor to salads If you can find the -dried tomatoes in oil with herbs, even better and this works so well for this recipe.
For this Italian-inspired Grilled Summer Vegetable Panini, I like to use meaty eggplant, summer zucchini (courgette) and grilled bell peppers. All are simply seasoned with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Dried basil is also a delicious option.
I urge you to completely remove the eggplant peel for this recipe. When I’ve made this panini without peeling the eggplant, I find that the peel gets tough and you end up pulling the eggplant of the sandwich when you take a bite. Also, I chop the bell pepper into pieces because the same thing can happen.
No Panini Maker, No Problem
You don’t need a panini maker for this sandwich (I don’t have mine anymore). Use your indoor or outdoor grill. If you don’t have either, use a heavy skillet just like you’re making a grilled cheese. Sauté the vegetables in the pan before making the panini.
You can use any bread of your choice, from sliced sourdough to ciabatta.