Sunday, September 4, 2011

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich + Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

So, tomorrow is Labor Day, and most everyone you know will be eating BBQ in the form of pork, beef, or chicken. It's time for you to plan ahead. Make a few of these classic vegetarian sandwiches to take along with you to whatever cookout you make be attending -- unless, of course, you thoroughly enjoy eating a plain coleslaw sandwich. If your family is anything like mine, even the avowed meat-eaters are going to be curious to try what you're eating!

Besides the grilled veg sandwich recipe below, I have a few other ideas for the vegetarian grill if you'd like to check them out as well.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches + Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli
(Makes 4)

1 large red pepper (roasted, peeled, cut into 4 strips)
1 large eggplant (in 1-inch slices)
4 large portobello mushrooms (stems trimmed)
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
olive oil
sea salt
cracked black pepper
1 1/2 cups whole-milk mozzarella (shredded)
4 sesame kaiser rolls
1 large tomato (sliced)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves

Simply drizzle the vegetables with the balsamic vinegar and plenty of olive oil. Season each side with salt and pepper. Preheat your grill to high. Grill vegetables for about 4 minutes per side or until they are nicely marked by the grill grates. The mushrooms may take a little longer. Once you have cooked the underside of the mushroom flip it over and sprinkle the cheese on the gill side of the mushroom caps as they continue to grill in order to melt the cheese. Stack the vegetables: mushroom with the cheese, slice of eggplant (or two), one quarter of the roasted red pepper. Serve on a toasted bun with spinach, tomato, and Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli (recipe follows).

Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli:

1/4 cup smoked sun-dried tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup mayo (I use vegan mayo.)
sea salt + cracked black pepper to taste

It's simple -- just blend all ingredients until smooth. This is also great on so many other things such as wraps, eggs sandwiches, and tortilla de papas.


Indu said...

I feel curious about the sandwich too....looks totally yum....

GrantParish said...

Sounds like a great sandwich. I found bags of sun dried (not packed in oil) at local Costco last year that were wonderful and cheap. But it appears the MEM Costco stopped carrying them. I was able to find them last week at the Minneapolis Costco and now I have just the thing to make with them.

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

Nice! We found some at Fresh Market recently. Let me know how the recipe goes for you.


lea said...

That sandwich looks amazing! I will have to be on the lookout for smoked tomatoes.

Eddel29 said...

This one I definitely need to bookmark & try it out soon!!!really mouthwatering!

steve said...

this is really amazing food , smoked food is something special.

Britt said...

I actaully did'nt think you could make aioli any better but with those sun dried tomatoes it was blooooody amazing Justin!!Thanks for the recipe