Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

So, I’ve recently noticed that kungfooguru has been posting recipes on his blog, and I thought I’d start posting some of my other grilling recipes.  This one is one that I am a big fan of because it’s vegetarian, it’s delicious, it’s simple, and it’s cheap as cheap can be.

Here are your ingredients (I’m very picky, you can adjust to your level of pickyness):

  • Plain foccacia or other dry bread (enough for about 6 sandwiches)
  • 1/2 cup (about 120ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • Two vine-ripened tomatoes (preferably organic), sliced to about 1/2 inch (about 1.3cm) slices
  • 1 cup (about 240ml) shredded or 6 slices of mozzarella
  • 1 medium onion, sliced to about 1/2 inch (about 1.3cm) slices
  • 3 tbsp (about 45ml) coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff, or vegan alternative, not Miracle Whip)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Note: with your bread, do not choose one of the greasy oily tomato foccacias, remember, this bread has to be able to withstand a slathering of olive oil and then grilling.

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Instructions:

For the sauce, you’ll take the mayo and one of the three tablespoons of chopped basil and just stir it together until the mayo takes on a bit of a green tinge.  If you’re using a dried basil the green won’t form, so just stir until it mixes.  Fresh basil will actually release oils and juices into the mayo which is just outstanding.  Add salt and pepper to the mayo to taste.

For the grill, get a medium fire going, and ensure that your grill grate is clean and lightly oiled.  Since the bread will take the longest to cook, let’s do it first.  Slice your bread in half (if necessary) and then lather the cut sides of the bread with olive oil.  Place the bread oil-side down onto the grill and let it sit there until it’s toasted and crispy.

Once the bread is done, oil the onion slices–careful not to separate the rings–and grill them for about 45 seconds on each side.  Then take your tomato slices, oil them, and grill them about 30 seconds on each side.

Assembling your sandwiches, put a thin layer of mayo on, put on tomato slices, and separate the onion slices into rings and put a nice layer of onion slices on.  Then sprinkle the further two tablespoons of basil over the sandwich.  Now, careful not to load too much on, sprinkle the cheese over your sandwiches and close them up.

To finish your sandwich, place it on the grill for about 30 seconds to a minute until the cheese is melted.

There you go.  There’s manchicken’s grilled veggie sandwiches.  I’d also encourage you to try other veggies on there.  I’ve been known to put bell peppers, artichokes, squash, zuccini, and even asparagus on these sandwiches.  You could also try sticking a tablespoon into the mayo mix if you like a good BBQ sauce.

Enjoy!