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Two Peas and Their Pod: Vegetable Panini on the Grill

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vegetable Panini on the Grill

We love making panini! We have a
panini maker that we LOVE, but since it is summer we decided to try them on the grill. I put grilled zucchini, yellow squash, onions, roasted red pepper, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze on mine. Josh loaded his with veggies, turkey, and cheese. I love customized sandwiches:)

The panini started out HUGE but we smashed them down to compact sandwiches full of flavor and goodness! I loved using the grill for our panini. Yes, they were delicious and nutritious, but the best part was eating outside in the summer sun!

Panini on the Grill

(Printable Recipe)

Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread-we buy ours at a local bakery. You can use whatever crusty, hearty bread you like.
We brushed our bread with balsamic vinegar and grilled it briefly before putting on our panini fillings.

Grilled Veggies-we used grilled zucchini, yellow squash, and onions. I brushed them with balsamic and grilled them on both sides for a couple of minutes.

I also added roasted red peppers, artichokes, fresh spinach leaves, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil. Josh added turkey and cheese.

Place panini directly on grill. Use a heavy pan to press down the panini. Cook for a couple minutes. Flip sandwich and press again. Cook for another couple of minutes. It's that easy!

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Blogger amycaseycooks said...

I love my panini maker too. Try adding some melted brie and balsamic vinaigrette. Sounds like lunch to me.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

I really need a panini maker!!! I have an indoor grill, but not the thing that presses it down! So I stand there with a saute pan and press it down! It is not fun! hahah! The panini looks delicious!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh - panini on the grill sounds wonderful! I have a grill pan with a panini press that I like to use inside... but I like the outdoor grilling idea! So delicious with lots of veggies.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm looks fabulous girl :) I love veggies on the grill. Let me know if you end up trying those protein powders. I did try a bundle of samples first from WFs (or you can order the samples from the Jay Robb website

7:21 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Wow, that looks great! I will definitely have to try them with your combination of grilled veggies, it sounds delicious!

7:24 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Mmmm, they sound great! I want a panini maker!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Creative Classroom Core said...

I so need to get a panini maker! This sounds incredible! Love all those veggies!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These look really good, Maria. Your idea for making paninis to individual taste is a great idea.oneperfectbite

8:04 AM  
Blogger kat said...

We so plan on trying this too & I love that fact I won't have to clean the grill pan!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have a panini maker which I got for Christmas last year and we use it a lot. It is great for quick, hot meals. I have used the grill and I like it because it adds a nice smoke flavor to the foodl. Your sandwich looks fantastic! I'd love a bite!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Becky at VintageMixer said...

oh how I love a good veggie panini!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

That's a helluva handsome sandwich the idea of grilled blasamic veggies. I'd love to try this soon. I find the idea of customised sandwiches entirely charming! Well done!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That sounds and looks yummy! A wonderful idea! Healthy and tasty...



8:38 AM  
Blogger lisa is cooking said...

Great idea to grill panini! I have to try this.

8:55 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

Sounds wonderful, balsamic goes so nicely with grilled veggies.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Actually that's my thing about sandwiches-- they always seem to be too large for my mouth! I should totally get that top element of a panini press (or squish between cast iron pan). I love the bright colors-- red pepper always does it for me :) It just screams healthy!

8:59 AM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

Grilling Paninis is a terrific idea! I love all of the beautifully vibrant veggies in yours!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

yumy! grilling makes them so good!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

It looks delicious!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

These sound delicious - perfect for eating outside!

10:39 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM! They look wonderful. I'll have to try one this summer.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, I've never made a panini on the grill. That sounds fun, and looks so delicious!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Oh that looks so good! I need to try and make one....

12:42 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Veryb good. Paninis are so tasty band fun to make!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I wish I had a panini maker! Fortunately, I do have a grill so I'll have to try making paninis outside this summer. Yours look great!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

What a delicious and easy dinner!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

that looks delicious! I am obsessed with Paninis!!!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

These sound great! I love all of the veggies you used.

3:12 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

I love paninis! I use a cast iron skillet to smush mine since i don't have a maker.

3:18 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Mmm you could come make lunch for me any time ;)

3:47 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

I think one of the reasons I love paninis so much is because you can pile so much on there and squish it down to a bite-able size! This looks incredible. I love veggie sandwiches!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Biz said...

Never thought to make sammies on the grill! Thanks for the idea!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

i protest veggies.
and request the lemon blueberry cookies, please!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Chibog in Chief said...

healthy and delicious!! i love this panini!! your photos are great you should send them on click event!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Now that I have a new grill I can make these! I have one of those squisher things too to make my sandwiches flat. Have a great day Maria!

6:13 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

SO delicious looking. I know I would love these so much!!!!!! I have yet to make paninis at home and I always want to when I come to visit here.

6:15 AM  
Blogger grace said...

it was so kind of you to pause after just two bites and take pictures for us. :)
great sammich!

7:37 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

I was thinking of making a mozzarella basil and tomato panini for lunch today! yum!!

7:55 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I like all your paninis. This one looks especially good because of the thick, heary ciabatta bread!

8:15 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I LOVE paninis and adore my panini maker, but I bet they are really wonderful on the grill! I definitely will be making these!

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love sandwiches on the grill. The texture it gives the bread and the flavor that permeates the sandwich is always unparalleled.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

Hi Maria,
You know, I have one of those presses (I think it's for bacon?) and I am going to use it this weekend on the grill!
Thanks for the reminder!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Nice job smashing them down! I love all the ingredients you used!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I bet it tasted great on the grill. My hubby is on a panini kick right now, he's gonna be mad he didn't think of this first!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Marta said...

Great call to put the panini on the grill! Must have added a nice depth of flavour to the crust!
Delicious idea, this is by far my favourite panino, with tons of veg!!!
Lovely blog, it's nice to meet you :)

4:14 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Perfect summer time fare, that's for sure! Both sandwiches sound great, but yours, with all of those veggies sounds divine!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Sophia Lee said...

Wow! Looks awesome! I wish I had a panini maker, or even just a grill, but I have neither. The grill marks looks awesome!
Sandwiches are awesome. You can be SO creative with it!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a great idea - to use the grill for paninis. The veggies on the sandwich sound outstanding.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

That panini looks great. I'm allergic to bread so I can't eat panini, but I'll pass the idea on to my sister. She loves veggie sandwhiches.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Delectable Dining said...

I love paninis! These look like a perfect summer meal!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

I especially like the artichoke in the sandwich!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Love the thought of making them on the grill. Never thought of that! Perfect for camping too! :) You need to add a little cheese to yours too. It is a protein, right?

9:33 AM  
Blogger Dragon said...

The perfect vegetarian sandwich!! I love all the colours. :)

6:06 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Yummy! I love paninis as well. I need to give them a try on the grill.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Tasty Health Food said...

I have a panini maker that I've never used before. Now I have a super yummy reason to try it! Thanks!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Tasty Health Food said...

I have a panini maker that I've never used before. Now I have a super yummy reason to try it! Thanks!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Waaa, I want a panini maker!
I know, I know, I can use my grill.

These look like perfect summer food!

5:10 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

WOW this looks definitely one very delicious veggie panini. It's lunchtime here and oh boy I could just take a bite of this right now soooo temptingly good mmmmm

6:16 AM  
Blogger aprilatwater said...

I need to get a grill press so I can make these.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

I love paninis especially if they come from the grill!

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a panini maker but what you did is just fabulously creative!!!!!

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Double Dipped Life said...

What bakery do you go to? Always looking for great SLC bakeries! Thanks!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

Wow!! I LOVE sandwiches and that looks amazing!

11:13 AM  

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