I came across this recipe in a vegetarian book ( at Barnes and Nobles) and fell in love with it immediately. If you like sandwiches or are a fan of Subway, then you will surely like this one. This panino is simple and v filling. A good one esp when going for picnics or for easy/healthy lunch boxes.

Serve it cold, serve it hot - it will be your fav whichever way.

Serve it cold, serve it hot - it will be your fav whichever way.

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  • Yields: Serves 2-4 people
  • 1 country syle loaf
  • 3 zucchini, sliced into thin slices, lengthwise
  • 2-3 cups of cremini mushrooms
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbps pesto ( you can even use green chutney ( made of mint,coriander, onions, chillies and lemon juice)
  • slices of mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • salt and pepper to taste

Slice the top third of the loaf and remove the inside of both the lid and base, leaving a thickness of about 1/2 inch around the edge. ( I used these left over breads to make Upma along with normal bread. No wastages)


Grill the zucchini and set aside.


You can grill mushrooms too if you want. Or you can simply saute them for a while in a non stick pan with little olive oil, garlic and oregano.


Arrange half of Zucchini in the base of the loaf, spread with little pesto ( or green chutney). Top it with half cheese slices and salad greens and all the mushroom mixture.


Add one more layer each of the remaining cheese , salad greens and Zucchini.


5.Press the lid down gently on top, wrap in plastic wrap and leave to chill. If you like it warm, set it in the oven for 5-10min in 350F till the cheese slowly melts.Cut into wedges and serve.

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By Lisa on May 6, 2008

Oh, mushrooms! I don't usually eat sandwiches, but I would enjoy this one.

By Mansi Desai on May 6, 2008

I lvoe the idea DK...zuchhini is the only thing that I might have to substitute:) never seemed to develop a taste for it!:(

By Richa on May 6, 2008

i like grilled zucchini in my s/w, ur idea of stuffing it in a bread bowl is excellent :)

By Anupama on May 6, 2008

Dear Dhivya,

That's a great country-side delight that you have here. Gorgeous entry for the Sandwich festival. Thank you so much. You know I often see these round bread loaves at the market but did not what I would do with them. I will go for one of those now. I like the idea of grilling the sandwich till the cheese melts.
Thanks again. See you at the round-up

By Photobuch on May 6, 2008

1st of All I will say, the picture of the food telling us how delicious it is. WOW!! that is I think really Good. I come accross this site and found a good recipe. I will try to make this food at home. Thank you for your post!

By Arundathi on May 5, 2008

every time i come here, there's something new and delicious that i'm simply dying to try! :) this one is really imaginative! thanks for sharing!

By Uma on May 5, 2008

the panino looks so good. new recipe to me. perfect entry for the sandwich festival.

By Sagari on May 5, 2008

veggi panino looks beautifullll dk

By Kalai on May 5, 2008

I love this idea, Dhivi! Would take it hot or cold. :)

By Madhu on May 5, 2008

Wow DK, this one is so interesting. Will definitely try it soon.

By notyet100 on May 5, 2008

this one looks yummy and delicious..

By Divya Vikram on May 5, 2008

different recipe..nice one DK

By Asha on May 5, 2008

Panino sounds and looks wonderful DK. Tried that box , nothing happened! Oh well..will try again!:)