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Blog Special: Summer Squash - Zucchini-Tomato Toastie

As a non-Decatur native, I grew up on "grilled cheese." Imagine my surprise to learn about a "cheese toastie."

As we worked on what video recipes to do next, tomatoes seemed appropriate for summer.  (Check out the upcoming Tomato Taste Panel this month.) A grilled cheese (excuse me, toastie) and tomato is something different. To make it even more unique, I added zucchini, another summer staple.

See this colorful and tasty sandwich step-by-step in the video, as well as below.

Grilled Zucchini-Tomato Toastie (Serves 4)

Make use of summer produce in this twist on a grilled tomato and cheese sandwich.


1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or softened cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper


1 medium zucchini
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 slices bread or roll, preferably whole-grain
softened butter or oil
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
3. Wash and cut both ends off zucchini. With a grater, shred zucchini into small pieces.
4. To assemble sandwiches, spread mayonnaise mixture evenly on 4 slices of bread. Top each slice with shredded zucchini, one tomato slice, and one slice of cheese. Top sandwiches with remaining bread slices.
5. Spread a small amount of softened butter on both sides of each sandwich. Add to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes or until lightly brown. Flip sandwiches and grill on second side about 2 minutes or until lightly brown and cheese is melted.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 280 calories, 13g fat, 540mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 13g protein

Source: Kirby's Kitchen, University of Illinois Extension, 2014

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