Mediterranean Vegetable Panini With Feta Pesto

Mediterranean Vegetable Panini With Feta Pesto 580 Image by: Mediterranean Vegetable Panini With Feta Pesto 580 Author: Canadian Living

Whole grilled artichokes from the jar have a lovely earthy flavour and firm texture. If unavailable, use drained, rinsed jarred marinated artichokes. Leftover pesto can be refrigerated for up to five days.

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2012

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchinis (6 oz/170 g each), sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch (5 mm) thick
  • 1 loaf focaccia (about 1 lb/450 g)
  • 4 artichokes thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 20 kalamata olives halved and pitted
  • 1 cup Roasted Grape Tomatoes recipe
Feta Pesto:
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz/115 g)

Method

Feta Pesto: In small dry skillet, toast almonds over medium heat, shaking pan often, until light golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor and let cool.

Add basil, oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to almonds; pur?e. Pulse in feta cheese.

In greased panini press (or greased grill pan or skillet pressed with another heavy pan), grill zucchini on medium heat until tender, about 3 minutes.

Cut focaccia into 4 pieces; halve each to open. Spread 3/4 cup of the pesto over cut sides. Layer bottoms with zucchini, artichokes, olives and tomatoes. Sandwich with tops.

Cook in greased panini press on medium heat until bread is crispy and golden, about 4 minutes.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 1931 mg
  • Protein 19 g
  • Calories 634.0
  • Total fat 30 g
  • Potassium 730 mg
  • Cholesterol 34 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 76 g

%RDI

  • Iron 51.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 80.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 25.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 31.0
  • Vitamin C 35.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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