Friday, October 2, 2009

Roasted Vegetable & Mozzarella Panini

Tis the season I get energized & motivated, invigorated by the cooler weather. With Autumn comes the desire to be my best self so that I can truly enjoy everything around me, all the goodness that happens these last 3 months of the year.

Turning another year older & wanting to embrace it rather than regret ~ Brisk mornings in the park with a cup of coffee ~ Reading in the sun while feeling a cool breeze ~ And of course, the sights & smells of the holidays!!!!!!

So with all that goodness, here's some more.


ROASTED VEGETAGLE & MOZZARELLA PANINI

Bread of your choice
1 tblsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tblsp Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Garlic powder
1 red pepper, quartered
½ Onion, sliced thick
1 zucchini, cut in half then lengthwise into 1/4" slices
Pesto purchased (optional)
Fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
8 Fresh basil leaves

Pre-heat oven to 400. Combine balsamic, oil, salt, pepper & garlic powder. Brush over vegetables & roast for 10-15 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking time.


Meanwhile, prepare your sandwich. Spread slices of bread with a little prepared pesto. Layer with mozzarella, 3-4 basil leaves, roasted veggies & then a little more cheese. Top with bread.




Using either a pan on stovetop, a George Foreman grill or panini maker, grill sandwich until golden brown on both sides & cheese is melted & slightly oozing out.


I used a dry pan & heated the sandwich over medium heat for about 3 minutes on one side, carefully flipping using a plate, then heating on the second side for about 1 1/2 minutes. Makes 2 sandwiches.


{Food for Thought}

I used a multi grain bread fresh from the bakery but any bread cut into thick slices will work, especially sourdough. If you have leftover oil/vinegar mixture you can brush some on the bread, just don't use too much as you don't want the bread to become soggy. Eggplant & tomatoes would work wonderfully too in a combo of veggies.




And because it's Fall & that means apple picking, take a look at these sweet & savory beauties I posted last year:



Visit here for some Grilled Apples with Cheddar & Bacon
& Apple Thyme Martinis.


This post is my Not So Fat Friday & links to Momtrends Friday Food.


Have a great weekend everyone!

42 comments:

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

We made your apples and bacon a while ago........so yummy!!!

Tam said...

MY Favorite Sandwiches!!!! Everytime I go to Florida to visit my BFF we always make Paninis!!!!

sassy stephanie said...

Oh man, you are making me hungry. I love apples and cheese. I love basil. I love pesto. I love paninis.

Ronda said...

Oh my....I wonder if they have that on an airplane? I want one now!
That is on my list of things to make when I get home.
Happy Friday and have a great night!

XOXO

Faithfulmom2 said...

This look wonderful. I may try it with goat cheese just because I have too much right now.

BeautifulDisaster311 said...

Thanks for another "can't wait to try this" meal; and paninis are my favorite sandwiches!

Kristina P. said...

I will eat anything with balsamic vinegar on it.

Nana said...

All I can say is Mmmmmm.

The Blonde Duck said...

With some turkey on this, it would be my most favorite sandwich.

JennyMac said...

this. look. SOOOOOOOOO. good.

And I have a panini grill. YEAH!!!!

Mrs. P. said...

This is MY kind of sandwich! Thanks for the visit and comments at my blog :)

Blessings!
Gail

heartnsoulcooking said...

What a YUMMY!!! panini. Love all the cheese.
I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. Your always welcome!
Geri

Kari said...

This looks delicious. Thanks for the comment on my chickpea salad. I really like your blog I like Giada's cookbooks, too:)

newlyweds said...

I love fall also, so agree. The sandwich looks amazing, as does the apples, yum!

e-Mom said...

Dripping with deliciousness! I love paninis. Enjoy your weekend eating. :~D

e-Mom @ Susannah's Aprons
http://susannahsaprons.blogspot.com

Allisyn said...

You have the best recipes.... I am always checking in on your blog to see what new thing you are cooking.. Thanks for sharting

SarahHub said...

Is it bad to drool over a picture?

Kerstin said...

Now that looks like a perfect panini - it's making my mouth water!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I see what you mean about the grilled apples! This veggie sandwich looks so delicious!

Tender Branson said...

Thanks for throwing down...this looks great.

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

What a delicious looking sandwich!

FROGGITY! said...

you have a great weekend too! you always have the best recipes. i think this one looks great for fall!! yay!

Chef Chuck said...

No dough the flavors are more intense when you grill your veggies!! Looks mouth watering! Let's Eat!! :)

Rachel said...

Hi! First of all, I wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my blog...I'm so sorry I'm just now acknowledging your comment! I am SO behind on my blogging!!!

Your panini looks absolutely delicious! I have a panini maker (still in the box) and need to get it out and try it!!!

Pam said...

This looks like the most delicious sandwich. I love, love, love roasted veggies.

~Marie~ said...

Mmmmmm......delicious!

Fresh Mommy said...

Ok, wow, you are my hero with your yummy creations!!!

I love this season as well, so many changes and it always makes me cozy my home up and enjoy it more with my family!

:)

~Tabitha

Jason, as himself said...

That does it. I am asking for a Panini press for Christmas.

Coco said...

i have a panini maker that i never use, must bust the sucker out. i always forget about it.

the apply thyme martinis were my drink last fall and winter. delish!

darnold23 said...

My mouth is watering already. Mister Linky is up and ready for this week's Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks so much for participating last week. I hope to see you again this week. Thanks a bunch. Debbie.

Nicole Feliciano said...

My mouth is watering. And my stomach is grumbling. Oh how I love panini. Thanks for linking up at Momtrends.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

oh......my.......gosh....that looks amazing. can you be my personal chef?? wow!

Maria said...

That looks amazing! I am really drooling, I am:)

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That looks so dang good!! I am actually going to print the recipe, and I hate to cook!! Stopping by from SITS!

The Blonde Duck said...

Had to pop in and drool at this some more!

Kelly @ The Glass Dragonfly said...

Oh my. That looks really good! Yum.

Chef E said...

I think my grill pan is coming out for dinner now :)

Angela said...

Yummy zummy! I have been all about the comfort foods lately. Fall does that to me! We made beef stroganoff last night and this morning I made waffles. Haven't made them since spring and missed them so much!

Let's catch up again this week. Seems we are all crazy busy here lately!!

Hugs!!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a perfect pannini! I just love it. And I would like to eat one right now : ) With the the wontons for dessert!

Deanna said...

Oh, friend, I have missed visiting your wonderful blog. All these wonderful recipes! Yum. Yum. Yum!!!! My grocery list is getting longer and longer and longer!

Life, Love And Lola said...

Those veggies are cooked just like I like them...slighty burnt. YUM YUM YUM!

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