Harvest season will be here before you know it. Until it reaches us enjoy the garden veggies in any way you choose. Perhaps you will choose to enjoy them in a sandwich. Not just any sandwich though, a grilled vegetable sandwich. Applying heat to food allows the sugars in the foods to caramelize. Oven roasted vegetables and grilled vegetables both caramel while cooking. Many years ago the Hard Rock Cafe served a grilled vegetables sandwich. I hope you enjoy this sandwich and include many veggies from your garden.
Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches
Makes 2 sandwiches with some grilled veggies left over for snacks
4 Tbs mayonnaise
1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley (dried works fine)
pinch dried oregano
pinch salt (All measurements for mayo seasonings are estimates. Add more or less to taste.)
1 red or orange bell pepper—washed, seeded and quartered (or sliced into large-ish slices that won’t fall through your grill grates)
1 small zucchini—cut off top and bottom, then slice lengthwise into thin strips. (Preferably thinner than 1/4th inch.)
1 yellow summer squash—prepare just like you did the zucchini
1 eggplant—cut off top, peel, and slice lengthwise into thin strips (Again, go thin or it’ll be hard to bite through.)
olive oil (I’ve been known to use Pam spray or olive oil in a mister bottle for ease and convenience.)
2 sandwich rolls (Sourdough is really good.)
1 Tbs freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
6-8 red onion rings (about one slice of a red onion separated into rings)
3-4 slices tomato (1 medium tomato)
2 leaves Romaine or red leaf lettuce–ripped into sandwich sized pieces
- Preheat your barbecue or stovetop grill. (I’ve used my George Forman when it’s too cold to grill outside.)
- Put the mayo into a small bowl and add the seasonings. Mix well and then stash in the fridge until you’re ready to make the sandwiches.
- Brush all of the vegetable pieces with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle lightly with salt. (This is where the sprayer comes in handy if you have one.)
- Cook the red pepper on a hot grill for 2 to 3 minutes. At that point, add the remaining vegetables to the grill and cook everything for 4 to 5 more minutes or until all the vegetables are tender and start to turn golden. (Be sure to turn them halfway through the cooking time.)
- Cut your two rolls lengthwise to make sandwich buns.
- Spread your mayo mixture on the tops of each roll. (I usually make 5 or 6 Tbs of the mayo and put it on the top and bottom.)
- Place the eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash on the bottom of your bun. Put your red pepper pieces on top of that.
- Sprinkle the Parm over the peppers if you’re using it.
- Stack on the onions, lettuce, and then tomato.
- Add your top bun, stick toothpicks in both ends to keep it together, and slice diagonally before eating.