Southwest Garden Panini with Cheese

Panini–those gooey yummy melted cheese pressed sandwiches–are all the rage, but you donít need a fancy panini press to make one, just 4 heavy cans! This recipe combines cheese and salsa with grated zucchini and carrot to make a great kid-friendly veggie-stuffed grilled cheese that is sure to satisfy.


4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup prepared salsa
8 slices whole-wheat bread
2 teaspoons olive oil

To make the panini, you will need 1 large skillet, 1 medium skillet, and 4 15-ounce cans.

1. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, zucchini, carrot, onion, and salsa.

2. Spread mixture evenly over 4 slices of bread, then top with remaining 4 bread slices.

3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the large skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan, cover with medium skillet, and place cans in the medium skillet to weight the sandwiches. Cook about 2 minutes, until golden on one side.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low, turn the panini, replacing medium skillet and cans, and cook about 2 minutes more, until the second side is golden. Repeat process with other 2 sandwiches.

Serves 4.

Inspired by Eating Well Magazine.


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S3 years ago

Sounds yummy!

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Dale O.

Delightful, crunchy and tasty. Always like to add diced asparagus and spinach as well.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Yummy.Thanks for sharing

Lola S.
Lola S3 years ago

this looks good