The hero sandwich is a classic; people everywhere love these filling sandwiches whether they call them a hero, a sub, or a grinder. You can put almost anything between two slices of bread and make a pretty decent sandwich, but it takes great ingredients to make a truly spectacular one. With that in mind, I give you this grilled vegetable hero sandwich filled with grilled red peppers, eggplant and zucchini topped with mozzarella cheese.
This is a sandwich which even the most confirmed carnivores among us could gladly sink their teeth into. The grilled eggplant, mozzarella cheese, and chewy hero roll give this sandwich plenty of bite to go around. These are terrific topped with a little olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper or any sandwich spread you prefer.
The vegetables for this sandwich need to be sliced and you can do that by hand or use a mandolin or food processor to save yourself some time. Brush the vegetables with some oil and then pop them on the barbeque so they can tenderize and take on a nice smoky flavor. The vegetables are ready when they are done the way you like them. Some people like theirs al dente, or even firm, while some people prefer to leave them on the grill longer to tenderize more, so whether you like soft or al dente veggies, you can make them your preferred way. The vegetables will be too hot to handle right away but use long-handled tongs to get them off the grill and put them on the rolls.
Next you will be adding the slices of mozzarella and this will begin to melt over the veggies, coating them in delicious creamy flavor. Put the finished, filled sandwiches on the barbeque to warm up the bread and encourage the cheese to melt further, and they are then ready to enjoy. Olive oil (extra-virgin is best here) adds extra moisture to these sandwiches, and you can also grind some salt and pepper on there just to finish off the flavors. Once all that is done you will not be able to resist sinking your teeth into these amazing sandwiches. This recipe serves 4 people so you can make a sandwich for everyone in the family.
There are so many delicious sandwich recipes to choose from but this one offers the wonderful, juicy flavor of vegetables, which are gently cooked and smoked on the barbeque, and of course you will get all the associated vitamins and minerals vegetables are rich in. Cheese and vegetables combine in these sandwiches to make a vegetarian-friendly meal, and you can swap the mozzarella for vegan cheese if you are cooking these for a vegan. If mozzarella is not your favorite, then consider cheddar, feta or Halloumi in its place. These sandwiches make a lovely lunch or you could serve them with coleslaw and fries for dinner. They also make a good snack if you are hungry between meals.
- 4 hero rolls (white or whole wheat)
- 1 large eggplant, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
- 2 red peppers, halved
- 1 large zucchini. Sliced into thin strips lengthwise
- Mozzarella cheese - 8 good sized slices
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Start by slicing your vegetables and mix up a little oil and vinegar in a bowl (a little extra is fine, since it makes a great dressing for the sandwiches).
- Brush the eggplant and zucchini slices with this mixture and grill your peppers, zucchini, and eggplant. These will not all finish at the same time, so keep an eye on your veggies and get them off the grill once they’re ready - the zucchini will take 3-4 minutes per side, the peppers and eggplant 7-8 per side. Once they are grilled, bring them back inside, and put together your sandwiches!
- Pile each roll with eggplant and zucchini slices and once they are cool enough to handle, slice your grilled peppers into thin strips and place these one your sandwiches as well before topping with mozzarella cheese slices.
- Now it is time to take your sandwiches back outside for a few minutes in the grill - this will get the cheese melted just right and toast the rolls to perfection. 3-4 minutes on the shelf in your grill (while closed) is about right - check your sandwiches halfway through - these are too good to burn!
- Once they are ready, get them inside pronto, dress with a little oil and vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste and watch these incredible sandwiches disappear.
If you though a hero sandwich had to have meat, then this grilled vegetable hero might just change your mind. The blend of the various grilled veggies like the eggplant and zucchini give it plenty of substance, while the peppers and cheese pull it all together and make a great grilled vegetable lunch or light dinner. This is so simple to make and the vegetables contribute to your five-a-day allowance, offering vitamins and minerals as well as the most incredible array of flavors. Whether you serve this as lunch, dinner or just a snack, you are sure to love the way it tastes.
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