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Zucchini Grilled Cheese

Have a bunch of zucchini? Add some to a warm, melty grilled cheese sandwich! The crunch from the zucchini is a delicious addition to this comfort food, and you'll hardly even notice you're getting a serving of vegetables.

Have a bunch of zucchini? Add some to a warm, melty grilled cheese sandwich! The crunch from the zucchini is a delicious addition to this comfort food, and you'll hardly even notice you're getting a serving of vegetables.

I'm not sure if you think I'm weird or genius for this, but zucchini grilled cheese sandwiches are my new favorite end of summer snack. 

You know, when you're ready for the comfort foods of fall but you still somehow have about 100 pounds of zucchini left? 

This recipe is for you.

cheese pull from grilled cheese sandwich with zucchini

It's more of a suggestion to stuff some zucchini slices in your favorite version of grilled cheese, rather than some grand new recipe. But I'll give you some guidelines!

A few tips:

  • I like to cut the zucchini slices pretty thin. The thicker the slices, the more risk your sandwich will be a big soggy from the water-content. 
  • If you need to “hide the veggies” a little bit more you could always increase the amount of cheese, add some tomato in there, or even shred the zucchini so it's not as noticeable.
  • If you do decide to shred the zucchini instead of slicing it, squeeze out extra water before putting it on the cheese.
  • General grilled cheese making tip: butter BOTH sides of the bread and grill one side before flipping putting the fillings in. 

Zucchini grilled cheese sandwich

Looking for another late-summer grilled cheese idea? Try this blackberry brie grilled cheese sandwich!

 

Yield: 1 sandwich

Zucchini Grilled Cheese

Have a bunch of zucchini? Add some to a warm, melty grilled cheese sandwich! The crunch from the zucchini is a delicious addition to this comfort food, and you'll hardly even notice you're getting a serving of vegetables.

Have a bunch of zucchini? Add some to a warm, melty grilled cheese sandwich! The crunch from the zucchini is a delicious addition to this comfort food, and you'll hardly even notice you're getting a serving of vegetables.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 slices thick sandwich bread
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced zucchini (more or less depending on size of bread and preferences)
  • 2-3 slices of cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese

Instructions

    Butter both sides of sandwich bread and place on a warmed cast iron skillet or griddle (or similar). Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned, and then flip each slice.
    Place 1 slice of cheese and zucchini slices on one piece of bread (the cooked side). Top with remaining cheese slices.
    Place the other piece of bread on top (browned side down). Cook until cheese is melted and both sides of sandwich are lightly browned, flipping as necessary.

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Ann

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I’m totally in love with zucchini and always have loads of them. I think I may actually like it even more than cauliflower (please forgive me). And it’s also easier and faster to make. I made zucchini grilled cheese sandwiches for my dinner guests the last weekend. So glad it was a big hit. My friends couldn’t get enough of it. Btw, Kelly have you ever tried to make the version of this with eggs and flour? I wonder if you liked it.

Kelly

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I'm so glad your guests liked it Ann. I've not tried this by breading the zucchini with eggs and flour! This was more of a realization that I could stick in fresh produce to a grilled cheese and feel just a little bit healthier, ha! I have made cauliflower nuggets that way (bang bang cauliflower on the site) but usually stick to sauteing zucchini (like in a frittata) or I also tried it in place of lasagna noodles! I'd love to hear your favorite zucchini recipes!