Grilled Veggie Panini with Pesto and Imported Havarti

Make an amazing Italian panini at-home with basic cooking gear!  A pile of tender grilled veggies is topped with buttery, melty, luscious, imported Havarti and pesto in this easy work from home lunch or fun dinner for two.

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1 large red bell pepper
1 medium zucchini
1 large red onion
Cooking Spray
4 1/4" thick slices sourdough or country bread
1/4 cup prepared pesto
8 oz imported Havarti cheese, grated or thin sliced
1 tsp olive oil


Core pepper and cut into wide chunks. Trim ends off zucchini and cut lengthwise into 1/8” thick long slices. Cut onion into 1/8” thick rings. Toss vegetables in olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
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Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat and coat with cooking spray. Grill vegetables for 5-7 minutes or until lightly charred and tender. Remove grilled vegetables to a plate and reduce heat to low.
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Spread one side of each slice of bread with 1 TB pesto. Top 2 slices of bread with 1/2 of cheese (on top of pesto) and layer with vegetables. Top vegetables with remaining cheese and place 2nd slice of bread on top, pesto-side down.
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Place stacked sandwiches on grill or in grill pan over low heat and lay a heavy cast iron skillet or baking dish on top to weigh down. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side to toast bread and melt cheese. Enjoy warm.
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Tip: You can swap in other grilled veggies too like eggplant, hot peppers, fennel, or summer squash.

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