Cheese, Pesto and Vegetable Grilled Sandwich




I am crazy about sandwiches and would gladly have it for any meal. They just got to be grilled or toasted and must have cheese. This is something I make often at home, almost every weekend. You can play around with the fillings and create your own special sandwich. 

The Pesto recipe is from the Savvy Cookbook (2002 edition). I am not mentioning the measurements for the filling as they are to be used as per your taste. You could use any vegetables, meat or even eggs. I have tried with omelettes, all kinds of meat and even grilled fish and they all taste great. Below I have mentioned the fillings that I used for this particular sandwich.


Cheese, Pesto and Vegetable Grilled Sandwich



Ingredients:
For the Basil Pesto - 
26 gms Parmigiano cheese
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
20 gms parsley
100 gms basil
20 gms pine nuts

For the sandwich -
Slices of wholegrain/ wheat bread
Pesto sauce
Cheese Slices, I used Monterey Jack for this one
Grape Tomatoes, sliced
Zucchini, sliced thin
Jalapenos, chopped
Dill Pickle slices
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
To make the pesto, combine all the ingredients and blend to a coarse paste in a food processor.
Transfer to a jar and top with a layer of olive oil. Refrigerate if you are going to consume immediately or freeze for a couple of months. I have a frozen one that I had made sometime back. Defrost before using.


Preheat a grill or broiler. To assemble the sandwich, Butter one side of each bread (I usually avoid this step) and apply pesto on the other side and top with a slice of cheese. Place the fillings on one slice of bread and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Top with another slice. So each sandwich has two layers of cheese.
Grill or broil each side till the cheese has melted and the bread is brown and has a crunch to it..
Serve hot with salads.

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This is my entry to 
1. 'My Favorite Things - Cheese' hosted by me.


2. '15 Minute Cooking' hosted by Mahima.

48 comments:

  1. Nice picture Poornima, I too love a grilled cheese sandwich with the cheese melting...yummy. I have to try out your sandwich with pesto soon :)

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  2. Wow this looks yummy! I love toasted crunchy bread sandwiched with cheese..Heavenly!

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  3. wow..these is indeed very tempting..love the cheesy flavour in sandwiches..

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  4. mmm. that's a delicious sandwich Poornima. Love to have a bite :)

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  5. Love grilled sandwiches too and when it has gooey melted cheese,, makes it all the more better.

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  6. Cheesy cheesy yummy looking sandiches... Pesto and cheese are an amazing combo....

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  7. yummy and cheesy sandwich. and great idea to use pesto... love it totally.. thx for sending it to me poornima.

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  8. The sandwich looks Simply Delicioso!!
    will surely try this one

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  9. I love panini, delicious looking hot sandwi :)

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  10. lovely sandwich poornima...i love especially these grilled cheesy sandwiches...sslurp.!!
    good idea to use pesto..

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  11. Mouth watering picture..i love these..grt combinations :)

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  12. Wat a gorgeous sandwich Poornima, cant take my eyes, just love the melting cheese squeezing out of the grilled bread!

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  13. love those grill marks on the bread & ah!!, how can I forget the melting cheese.., very yummy indeed.

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  14. Grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of warm soup sounds wonderful!!

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  15. Oh that looks so gooey & cheesy.. yum. I make paninis often with pesto - love the combination.

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  16. Wow i am so so making this, when i have all the ingridients.
    Looks so good, if i had all the things, i would have made them right now.

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  17. that looks cheesy and delicious...I love cheesey sandwich

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  18. Looks crunchy and yummy. Very healthy too

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  19. Looks so gud...am big fan of grilled one dear..and this is sure looks yum

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  20. I love pesto and sandwiches. the pics looks nice poornima.

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  21. Grilled sandwiches always taste yum. Nice picture.

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  22. Wow! mouth watering. My eyes r drooling. Looks awesome with cute click.

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  23. wow thats mouthwatering and nice click too

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  24. gorgeous sandwich with all the cheese oozing from it!! yummy!!

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  25. Snap s superb..nice composition.....

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  26. Hi Poornima,
    Yumm looking grilled sandwiches...Love the filling, nice click
    TC

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  27. Healthy and Yummilicious cheesy sandwich! Pics are very clear and lovely...

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  28. Nice sandwich. Looks crunchy n yummy.
    Good entry for the events too.

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  29. Lovely combination! and guess what - I also had pesto and tomato sandwich for breakfast.

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  30. I can imagine how tasty this would be with pesto. I have some leftover pesto, I think I will go and make a sandwich now.

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  31. Feel like grabbing one right now and munching on it...Yummy.....

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  32. I need to get a grill pan... that looks ooey-gooey delicious.

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  33. yummy! what lovely pics too:-)

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  34. These look incredible--the kind of sandwich I'd want to take for lunch on a picnic, very yummy! I would love to share your recipe on our blog, please email me at sophie@keyingredient.com if you're interested :).

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  35. Oh wow, that looks amazing! I started drooling as soon as I saw the first picture. I love how you have filled this sandwich!

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  36. oohh great sandwich loos so mouthwatering yum yum

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  37. cheesy yumyum.I bookmarked.

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  38. Lovely sandwich! Perfect for lunch box or for a evening snack! Yummy picture..

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  39. i too can each sandwiches for every meal. i'd also sneak in a piece of dark chocolate inside. :D

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  40. Wow Poorni.. cheesyyyyy delight..! Yummy!

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  41. That looks so colorful and tasty.

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  42. wow grilled cheese sandwich looks sooo gorgeous n delightful!Nice clicks too!

    Poornima, ur web page is taking a lil time to load , don't know if others have the same problem....but for me it took 2-3mins to show ur page!

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  43. Nice click. The grilled sandwich looks so yummy. Wish I could take a bite:).

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  44. Poornima, you stole my heart with this! I've been craving pesto, zucchini I love a lot... and toasted sandwiches? I can't say no to!

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    http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2009/05/announcing-event-express-potluck.html
    Thanks.

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  46. wow what a mouthwatering presentation of sandwich..in between when i was browsing thru your other recipes, there is some error "Operation Aborted" and then the page stops loading..me like other bloggers is definately facing this. The solution is remove google followers..I tried it with each and every gadget in my blog and finally it was google followers that gave me the trouble..hope this information is good enough to rectify the problem..Try it.

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  47. That grilled sandwich looks so good!

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