Somewhere along the line, sandwiches were deemed “lunch food only.” We’re here to call that bad advertising. Sandwiches (better yet, panini) could not be more dinner-worthy. Our chefs have officially reclaimed the handheld meal and now present it to you in its most hearty, delicious, and satisfying form. Sautéed zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, melty mozz, and creamy basil sauce are layered between ciabatta bread and pan-pressed to crispy, golden perfection. On the side, there’s roasted potato wedges (you know, for good measure). Step aside, lunch police!
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Yukon Gold Potatoes
• Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Cut potatoes into ½-inch-thick wedges. Toss on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of oil, half the Italian Seasoning (you’ll use the rest later), salt, and pepper. Roast on top rack until lightly browned and tender, 20-25 minutes.
• While potatoes roast, trim and cut zucchini into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Pick basil leaves from stems; finely chop leaves. Halve ciabatta. Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes.
• Toss zucchini in a medium bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, half the garlic powder (you’ll use the rest in the next step), remaining Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper. • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add zucchini in a single layer; cook until golden brown and just tender, 2-4 minutes per side. Turn off heat; transfer to a plate. Wipe out pan. • 4 SERVINGS: Toss with a large drizzle of olive oil.
• Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, chopped basil, and remaining garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
• Spread a layer of basil sauce onto cut sides of ciabatta. • Fill ciabatta with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and a few slices of zucchini (you may have some left over—feel free to serve on the side, if you like).
• Heat a drizzle of oil in pan used for zucchini over medium heat. Once hot, add sandwiches; press down with a spatula or heavy-bottomed pan. Cook, pressing occasionally, until bread is toasted and cheese melts, 2-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board. Once cool enough to handle, halve on a diagonal. • Divide between plates. Serve with potato wedges on the side. • 4 SERVINGS: Cook sandwiches in batches if needed. • TIP: If pan seems dry when flipping the sandwiches, add another drizzle of oil or ½ TBSP butter. Lower heat if bread begins to brown too quickly.