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Crispy Zucchini Club Sandwich
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Crispy Zucchini Club Sandwich

This sandwich is similar to an eggplant panino, but uses zucchini which is slightly more juicy. There is a two part breading process which gives an extra crispiness and has a great meat-like texture.

For 4 sandwiches

  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced, lengthwise
  • Sauteed onion
  • Sauteed red pepper
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Lettuce
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • Tahini
  • Tomato sauce
  • Basil leaves
  • Toasted bread
  • Oil for frying
  • Breading
  • I cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 bowl cold water

Traditionally the zucchini would first be coated in milk, or soy milk, and I have found that this adds no favour, so water will also do the trick! Start by having three bowls infront of you: One with water, one with flour, and one with panko.

  1. Coat the zucchini in the flour first.
  2. Next, dip the zucchini in the water, this will create a sort of glue for the panko
  3. Finally dip the zucchini in panko.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry both sides of the zucchini until golden brown. You can optionally bake the zucchini, but they may dry out. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for several minutes.
  5. Sautee sliced onion & red pepper.
  6. Spread one slice of toast with tahini, and the other with tomato sauce. Arrange lettuce, avocado, fresh basil, onion, red pepper, and zucchini on the bread and close the sandwich. Cut into halves or quarters and serve.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. SnakeWitch
    What's panko? Other than not knowing that ingredient, this sounds great. I just have one question: when you dip the flour-covered zucchini in water, doesn't that take off quite a bit of the flour? Just wondering. Voted! Hey, I have a new piece called How to Eat Sustainably. Come vote if you like it!
    1. kristo
      Panko is a very fluffy kind of Japanese bread crumb. Yes, a little flour does come off in the water, but not much, it makes whatever you are breading very sticky so that it can pick up more bread crumbs. I will have a look at your new post!
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #7! Sounds yummy! I've seen boxes of panko bread crumbs in specialty stores, but never used them. Can you use any bread crumbs?
    1. kristo
      Thanks Caroly! you can use any kind of bread crumbs, panko is just extra crispy, like tempura.
  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    sounds so good! voted :)
  4. Veganara
    Voted. I have just seen this, it sounds amazing, a deliciously satisfying sandwich! I have just posted a new blog, Those Sewlf-Righteous Vegans, please check it out when you get a chance!


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