Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Open-Faced Veggie Sliders



These were supposed to be little closed sandwiches, but the men around here gobbled them up so quickly I had to make due with open faced ones. I should also mention they scarfed them down only after eyeing them suspiciously, making fun of this “non-man food”, and then rapidly proceeded to inhale them in one bite. Dishboy Scott proclaimed them the best thing he’s ever eaten. While this is a high compliment, it’s the term he uses when he likes any food really well

Hence, they were good and lasted all of about two minutes. At least I got a photograph before the rest were snatched off the tray.

1 baguette, sliced
2 short and chubby zucchinis, cut into rounds
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced into rounds, ends discarded
Red onion slices, cut small to garnish
Spinach leaves, long stems removed (small ones look nicer)
Hummus, any favorite variety or make your own
Olive oil
Garlic powder
Salt & freshly cracked pepper

Turn the grill to medium high. Coat the zucchini slices with olive oil, a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and freshly cracked pepper. Grill on both sides just until light grill marks form. Set aside.

Salt and pepper the tomato slices. Set aside.

On a baguette slice spread a semi thick layer of hummus. Top with spinach leaves, a tomato slice, a zucchini slice, and a couple small red onions. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Top with another slice of bread if desired.

Notes: I made my own red pepper hummus. Someday I’ll write the recipe down, but to me hummus is like peanut butter and jelly. I just throw a little of this in, and a little of that in, until it tastes “right”. This drives Dishboy Scott’s scientific side insane, which makes my ornery side very happy.

Recipe by Laura Flowers


21 comments:

ButterYum said...

Mmmm... I look forward to you sharing your red pepper hummus "non-recipe". I cook this way all the time - it's often a good idea to force yourself to write out a recipe. :)

sherri said...

This looks like a great summer dish-straight from the Farmer's Market!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

great thing to do with all the fresh from the garden veggies this summer

Ginger said...

Laura,

I can't wait until you post your red pepper hummus recipe!! Your veggie sliders are incredible and I can't wait to make them!! How long in advance do you think you can grill the zucchini? Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

These look refreshing. Your photo could be an advertisement for healthy eating.

girlichef said...

These are adorable...and they sound great!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thanks for the comments ladies!

I will try to write down the hummus recipe, but I change it a little every time. Hmm I guess that would be ok, you all will just get that day's hummus lol.

Donna-FFW said...

Red pepper hummus would be something Id love to know how you make. These sliders look incredible. How could anyone resist these gems!

finsmom said...

Awww! There is something about tiny food that always draws me in. Looks like such a tast and healthy appy :)

Helene said...

Those are cute, love the idea.

Pink Little Cake said...

Yummy yummy as always! red pepper hummus with pita chips, I will be dreaming about that tonight after I finish this mojito that I am drinking.

Tiffiny Felix said...

I can see why they disappeared so fast! They look wonderful; I love grilled veggies. I make my own hummus, too, but I've never put red pepper in it. I bet it's delish!

Gecko said...

I'll give up my man card for an hour ... I'm not one to make fun of something that looks that good.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Lol thanks Gecko!

Esi said...

I love your creativity in the kitchen. I am sure Dishboy does too :)

R0G3R said...

Nice pic.
what do you think of these Tips for amateurs??
http://rogerszone.blogspot.com/2009/03/tips-to-clicking-good-pictures.html

Elizabeth said...

The mix of colors in these sliders is amazing!

Dorian said...

Great idea Laura. I think Steve would really like these - especially with the hummas. You should show me how you make yours. I'v heard homemade is the best!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Steve is eating fresh tomatoes now??

FOOD IS LUV said...

these are adorable!!

Jess said...

Oh my goodness. I just had like five brownies so I'm thinking that it would be smart of me to have some of these. They're adorable and healthy-looking! I mean.. what isn't with veggies in it?

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