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Fabulous Zucchini Grinders Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Fabulous Zucchini Grinders

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"I made this up one day out of things I had on hand, and it turned out to be one of my favorite sandwiches ever. Sauteed zucchini pieces are coated with a zesty marinara sauce and topped with a generous helping of mozzarella cheese. These baked sandwiches are a great vegetarian version of the Italian grinder. They can also be made ahead of time, and heated just before serving."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    50 mins

Directions

  1. To make marinara sauce, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat (see Cook's Note). Add garlic, basil and red pepper flakes; cook and stir for a minute or two until fragrant. Stir in sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour in tomatoes with their juices and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree until smooth in food processor or blender.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the zucchini in butter until browned and slightly tender. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of the zucchini mixture into each sandwich roll. Cover zucchini with about 1/4 cup marinara sauce per roll. Top with a handful of shredded mozzarella. Close the rolls, and wrap individually in aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until bread is heated through, rolls are soft, and cheese is melted.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use about 1 cup of marinara sauce out of the jar if you don't feel like making this one. With premade sauce, these sandwiches are ready in about half an hour.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 18, 2007

Yum! Be sure to put 1/2 the cheese on the roll 1st (under the zucchini mixture), then the rest of the cheese on top of the zucchini mixture. It prevents the bread from getting soggy. Wonderful recipe! It got the picky SO to eat a veggie that isn't our favorite! I think this would be a hit with most kids, too.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 20, 2010

I was really excited about these, but they really weren't that great. Not bad, but not great. I preferred to eat the mixture in itself rather than on the roll. I also added pepper and onions.

 
Jul 19, 2006

Here's what I did, sauteed the zucchini (I quartered my 3/4 inch thick circle slices) in olive oil and sprinkled with seasoning salt. I then used pizza sauce instead of marinara since we had it on hand. After heating this all up I just tossed in the shredded mozzarella and cooked it all together then put it on my toasted hoagie rolls. I added an extra sprinkle of mozzarella because I love cheese. It was so delicious! If you toast the rolls first then just melt the cheese in with your zucchini it will not make your rolls soggy and it is also quicker to throw together. This is one of my new favorite recipes! It is so versatile! The next day I had some extra yellow summer squash and used it in place of the zucchini and had an equally delicious grinder. I'm sure you could use eggplant too, and maybe even add some olives and feta cheese. The possibilities are endless but the base recipe it great as is!

 
Aug 24, 2004

Fabulous is right!!!! I just finished eating these for dinner and had to run upstairs immediately to give them the 5 stars they deserve. I used olive oil instead of butter, and added a red pepper cut into bite size pieces and a chopped onion, plus some garlic powder and italian seasonings. YUMMY. Meat-eating boyfriend loved too! Thanks for a great healthy recipe!!!

 
Jul 10, 2007

These were really great. I added onion and mushrooms to the zucchini. To avoid soggy bread I used sliced provolone cheese instead of shredded and lined the bread with cheese so that the sauce wouldn't soak into the bread. It worked great. Next time I'm going to try adding some vegetarian Italian sausage crumbles to these. Yum!

 
Feb 26, 2006

Absolutely fantastic and so quick and easy. I used just zucchini and it was perfect. My husband modified his by chopping leftover chicken from the night before and following the general recipe after that and he said his was woderful too. I would recommending using more zuchinni. I used 3 medium ones and it really wasn't enough four three let alone for sandwiches. Also, I would put the cheese in the middle of the sandwich as you will loose some to the tinfoil otherwise. Finally, you may want to toast your rolls a little before filling them. We found the inside gets pretty soggy from all the sauce otherwise.

 
Dec 03, 2006

yum! I toasted my bread in the oven as it pre-heated and the grinder turned out nice and crisp. Next time I think I'll add mushrooms and black olives.

 
Jul 20, 2008

Fabulous times 100. A Most Perfect way to prepare zucchini. WOW!! DELISH!!AWESOME AND GREAT ARE JUST A FEW DESCRIPTIVES. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE SANDWICHES. I TOOK ADVICE OF OTHERS AND ADDED SOME ONION AND GREEN PEPPER, PUT ON A HERO ROLL AND USED MARINARA SAUCE FROM A JAR. WOW, WILL MAKE MANY MANY MANY MORE TIMES. Didn't mean to shout, but wanted you to know that this is a True 5 Star recipe if you follow the directions. MMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMM gOOD!!!!Thank You!!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 339 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 16.9 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 923 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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