By Melissa Wickline,
Grilled Cheese. The most perfect, delicious comfort food I can recall. The grilled cheese sandwich has the ability to elevate your entire mood, put a huge smile on a child’s face, and even bring back wonderful memories of your own childhood.
I’m not too eager when it comes to changing up a cult classic, but I’ve recently been adjusting certain recipes to make them healthier for my family. That’s when I ran across the Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Could it even be true? Yes, it was. We not only enjoyed it, we thought it was terrific! Prep was easy, and I enjoyed turning one of our “not-so-healthy” favorites into a healthy, delicious alternative. The key to this recipe is getting all the water out of the zucchini after it’s grated.
This recipe was created by Lauren Miyashiro from Delish.com. I’m not a big fan of green onions, so I used onion powder in my recipe. I also added garlic powder to my dish. Enjoy!
2 c. grated zucchini
1 large egg
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
2 green onions, thinly sliced
(or onion powder to taste)
garlic powder to taste
1/4 c. cornstarch
Freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for cooking
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
Squeeze excess moisture out of zucchini with a clean kitchen towel. In a medium bowl, combine zucchini with egg, Parmesan, green onions and cornstarch. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, pour enough vegetable oil to layer the bottom of the pan. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the zucchini mixture onto one side of the pan and shape into a small square. Repeat to form another patty on the other side.
Cook until lightly golden on both sides, about four minutes per side. Remove from heat to drain on paper towels and repeat with remaining zucchini mixture. Wipe skillet clean.
Place two zucchini patties in the same skillet over medium heat. Top both with shredded cheese, then place two more zucchini patties on top to form two sandwiches. Cook until the cheese has melted, about two minutes per side.
Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.