This zucchini grinder sandwich, is a fabulous substitute for steak and cheese. The recipe comes from allrecipes.com. There is a marinara recipe included, but if you are in a hurry, jar marinara will do just fine. Muir Glen makes an organic marinara and it’s available at Wal-Mart. For added oomph, get whole grain rolls and serve it up with Aldi Simply Nature brand vegetable chips. This makes a tasty meatless meal.
Marinara Sauce: 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 cloves garlic , peeled and coarsely chopped, 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teas. dried, 1 teas. red wine vinegar, 1 teas. white sugar, 1(14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.
Grinders: 1 Tables. butter, 2 med. zucchini cubed, 1 pinch red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste, 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 4 kaiser rolls split.
To make marinara sauce, heat olive oil in a saucepan over med. heat. Add garlic, basil and red pepper flakes; cook and stir for a min or two until fragrant. Stir in sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour in the tomatoes with their juices and simmer over low heat for 15 min. Remove from heat and purée until smooth in a food processor. I do this different. I break up the tomatoes while they are simmering so they are a little chunky. It’s just a preference.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a skillet over med. heat. Cook the zucchini in butter until browned and slightly tender. Remember the sandwiches are going in the oven, so don’t overdo the zucchini. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Spoon a generous amount of the zucchini mixture onto each sandwich roll. Top with a handful of shredded mozzarella. Close the rolls and wrap each in a piece of aluminum foil. This makes them so goood!
Bake for 10-15 min. in the preheated oven, until the bread is heated through, and the cheese is melted. The rolls will be soft and have a little crunch, Ohh, my. 🙂