Grilled Veggie and Herbed-Goat Cheese Paninis

9
Total Time
42 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This summery sandwich would be a great addition to any picnic basket. It’s equally delicious served warm, room temperature or chilled.

Ingredients

sweet red pepper(s)

1 large, cored and quartered

uncooked zucchini

2 small, halved widthwise, cut into 8 thin slices each

eggplant(s)

1 medium, cut into 8 thin slices each

cooking spray

4 spray(s)

kosher salt

1 tsp

fresh oregano

1 Tbsp, divided

minced garlic

1 Tbsp, divided

fresh lemon juice

1 tsp

semisoft goat cheese

¾ cup(s), crumbled

chives

4 tsp, fresh, chopped

lemon zest

1 tsp

reduced-calorie bread

8 slice(s), Italian style

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Lightly coat both sides of vegetables with cooking spray; season with salt. Grill vegetables until tender and grill marks are evident, turning once, about 4 minutes for eggplant and 5 to 6 minutes for peppers and zucchini; remove from grill and toss with 2 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons garlic and lemon juice. (Vegetables can be made ahead and stored, covered in refrigerator, up to 3 days before use).
  3. In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, chives, remaining 1 teaspoon oregano, remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and zest. (Cheese spread can be made ahead and stored, covered in refrigerator, up to 1 day before use).
  4. When ready to cook, bring cheese mixture to room temperature; spread 1 1/2 tablespoons on each slice of bread. Top 4 slices of bread each with 2 slices eggplant, 1 slice pepper and 2 slices zucchini; top with a second slice of bread, goat cheese-side down.
  5. Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Grill sandwiches pressing down lightly, until bread is toasted and goat cheese melts, about 2 to 3 minutes per side (or use a panini press). Yields 1 sandwich per serving.

Notes

If you don’t feel like grilling the sandwiches, simply spread the cheese mixture on bread or a wrap and layer with the grilled vegetables (any changes could affect SmartPoints value).

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