Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Open-Faced Jerk Vegetable Sandwiches

As I mentioned a couple days ago, I am attempting to work with make-ahead or superquick meals in order to prepare for a chaotic new schedule. So last night while making the pinto bean burgers, I went ahead and prepared the vegetables for tonight's meal. Then, tonight when I got home from class, all I had to do was saute the vegetables and make the toasts. I got dinner on the table in under 10 minutes. That was awesome. And an added plus is that the meal was delicious! We loved the combination of the chutney, vegetables, and cheese. We will make this again.

Open-Faced Jerk Vegetable Sandwiches
From CL, March 2007

The vegetables can be assembled in advance and refrigerated overnight in the zip-top plastic bag. Preheat the broiler for the cheese toasts while you sauté the vegetables, and you'll save even more time.

1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 cups (1/8-inch-thick) diagonally cut zucchini
1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons mango chutney
1 teaspoon light mayonnaise
4 (2-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread
3 ounces thinly sliced Muenster cheese, cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips
1 cup gourmet salad greens

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add zucchini, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil; seal and shake well to coat. Let stand 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.

Heat remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add vegetable mixture, and sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and begin to brown. Remove from heat, and keep warm.

Preheat broiler.

Combine chutney and mayonnaise. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil 1 minute or until lightly toasted on each side; remove from heat. Spread each slice with about 1 tablespoon chutney mixture; top evenly with cheese. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts. Place 1 cheese toast on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup greens and 1/2 cup vegetable mixture.

Yield: 4 servings

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