Friday, August 6, 2010

Grilled Summer Squash Sandwich

When asked what is the best thing about summer, most people will respond with an answer of sun, beaches, cold drinks, long days, warm nights, and "VACATION!".  While I enjoy all the the above, I would also have to add the abundance and variety of summer squash to the list.  Of course you can find zucchini in the supermarket all year long, but it pales in comparison to the peak summer bounty available this time of year at the farmers' market, or from your neighbor's backyard (thank you Christine!).  This summer I am looking beyond the basic zucchini and discovering the delights of the charming Patty Pan, bi-color Zephyr, homegrown Cocozelle (this plant is taking over our garden plot!), and a Butterstick  I was surprised to find on my doorstep.

Patty Pan summer squash
Patty Pan
Patty Pan summer squash
Zephyr squash
Butterstick and Cocozelle
Butterstick and Cocozelle

And what to do with all this squash?  Grill it!  Grilling really brings out the mildly sweet flavor, and creates a nice smoky contrast.  My absolute favorite summertime sandwich includes grilled squash, roasted peppers, chopped artichoke hearts, basil, and hummus on grilled rustic whole wheat bread.  Slice your squash of choice in lengthwise strips, toss with olive oil, dried oregano, salt and pepper, and grill until cooked through and slightly charred.  I used to think a sandwich was incomplete without cheese until I tasted this vegan gift from heaven.
Grilled Summer Squash Sandwich
serves 1
2 ounces sliced bread, grilled (you need a hearty bread that can stand up to grilling; no flimsy Wonder Bread!)  I like to use Trader Joe's Organic Demi Miche
2 ounces grilled zucchini (see paragraph above)
1 ounce jarred roasted bell peppers, sliced (you could of course throw some fresh peppers on the grill with the squash) 
1 ounce frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted and chopped 
a few fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons hummus (I like Trader Joe's Organic)
1/2 tablespoon chopped capers
salt and pepper to taste

  • Mix the capers and hummus, and spread onto both bread slices
  • Layer the vegetables on one piece of bread, starting with a base of squash
  • Season with salt and pepper and top with remaining piece of bread
  • Enjoy immediately (the moisture of the vegetables makes this sandwich difficult to transport)
Grilled Summer Squash Sandwich

Trader Joe's Organic Demi Miche

1 comment:

  1. This is a delicious sandwich. You are a great cook if I do say so myself. Love zucchini, using it more and more in my recipes. Thanks Lauren.