Grilled Zucchini, Crispy Prosciutto and Red Pepper Panini

by on July 31, 2013

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{Today’s post is sponsored by Mezzetta – a brand whose products I have been using for years. I thank them for their support of Panini Happy.}

Around this time of year is when the gardens of green-thumbed people (that would not be me) become a bit overrun with zucchini. If this predicament sounds familiar to you, I’ve got a recipe you’re sure to love: Grilled Zucchini, Crispy Prosciutto and Red Pepper Panini.

My challenge with these panini actually wasn’t to use up zucchini (I wish I were that skilled as a gardener!) but to make an incredible sandwich using at least two of the products that Mezzetta makes (I used the roasted red peppers, basil pesto and Italian olive oil), to help spread the word about their “Make That Sandwich” contest that’s currently underway. I’m not eligible to enter, but perhaps a Panini Happy reader will take home the $25,000 grand prize??! Find out more information about the contest here.

Read on for today’s Grilled Zucchini, Crispy Prosciutto and Red Pepper Panini recipe and details on how to win a selection of Mezzetta products in today’s reader giveaway (you can use them to compete for the $25,000)! [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

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Summer zucchini, which tastes almost meaty in these sandwiches, is the star here but the supporting lineup isn’t far behind. I matched it with roasted red peppers, Manchego cheese (my favorite!), pesto and crispy prosciutto on a baguette. Let me tell you about this prosciutto – when you crisp it up it comes out like super-light, melt-in-your-mouth bacon. I swear, a bowl of these little curled up strips could be an appetizer on their own, they’re so addictive.
Enter to win a selection of condiments from Mezzetta

** WIN A SELECTION OF CONDIMENTS FROM MEZZETTA! ** [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Mezzetta would like to send one lucky Panini Happy reader a selection of their condiments to help you make your own flavor-packed panini at home (or to enter the Make That Sandwich contest!).

  • To enter: Leave a comment on this post, telling us your best memory from this summer so far.
  • For an optional bonus entry: Sign up for my Panini Happy e-mail list, and leave a comment to let me know. (Existing subscribers, just leave a comment letting me know you’ve already subscribed)

The giveaway will close on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT. I will use random.org to select one winner and announce the winner in this post. I will contact the winner via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. My apologies to my international readers, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

** UPDATE 8/7/13: Congratulations to our winner, #35 Madeline!

Grilled Zucchini, Crispy Prosciutto and Red Pepper Panini

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 grace July 31, 2013 at 1:15 am

i had one of the best meals ever at a mexican-californian restaurant in asheville, nc. i still have fond food memories of it, plus my date was (and still is) an amazing guy! 🙂
grace´s last blog post ..scone zone*

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2 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

I’ve heard such great things about the food scene in Asheville!

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3 MaryBeth July 31, 2013 at 3:50 am

So far this year, my best summer memory is spending a day at a local amusement park with the whole family – haven’t done that in years. Perfect weather, yummy treats and seeing my kids whiz by on roller coasters was tons of fun!

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4 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

Sounds like a blast! 🙂

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5 MaryBeth July 31, 2013 at 3:51 am

Already an email subscriber – thanks!

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6 Angela July 31, 2013 at 5:08 am

Playing baseball with my nephew for the first time!

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7 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

That’s sweet. 🙂

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8 Angela July 31, 2013 at 5:09 am

I get your emails 🙂

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9 Lisa Z July 31, 2013 at 5:53 am

My best memory of summer so far is trying on my wedding dress!

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10 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

Oh wow…that’s so exciting! Congrats to you!!

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11 Lisa Z July 31, 2013 at 5:54 am

I am an email subscriber

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12 Caitlyn July 31, 2013 at 5:57 am

Best Memory so far – tubing down the river with my partner and friends!

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13 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

That sounds so fun!

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14 Jessica w July 31, 2013 at 7:23 am

My niece was born almost a week ago

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15 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

Congratulations, Auntie!! 🙂

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16 Ash- foodfashionparty July 31, 2013 at 8:05 am

Making Plum Barbecue sauce with my boys, it was so much fun..
I am an email subscriber for a while now.

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17 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

How fun – I love to cook with my kids too. 🙂

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18 Ariel M July 31, 2013 at 9:13 am

My best summer memory thus far had to be taking my son out to blow bubbles when it was just too hot to stay indoors and him saying his first word. (Bubbles.) He has a hard time with speech so this was a HUGE deal, something that I will never forget.

I also subscribed!

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19 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

What a special memory! 🙂

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20 Blessie Nelson July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

My best summer memory so far was learning to swim!

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21 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

Congrats on that achievement! I’ve had my kids in lessons this summer, but I really need to get some myself.

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22 Blessie Nelson July 31, 2013 at 11:25 am

already an email subscriber
blessienelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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23 Erin R. July 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

Great post! I love grilled veg sandwiches and often order them at restaurants.

I think maybe my best day so far this summer was just this past Monday when we found out for sure we’re selling my husband’s house this week. It has been a doozy of a summer trying to sell that danged thing but it will finally be gone in two more days. Yay!

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24 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

Congratulations on the sale!

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25 Erin R. July 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

I also have an e-mail subscription.

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26 Jeff July 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

My friends and I had a Nashville-style hot chicken (http://s.shr.lc/15cgSZ1) festival.

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27 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

That definitely sounds memorable (and tasty)!

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28 Jeannette July 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hi,
My greatest memory for the summer, thus far, was being at the filming of the new and upcoming movie “Blended” starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne and Shaquille O’Neal. My daughter and I met and took pictures with Shaq, Bella and Adam. The film will air May, 2014. It was filmed in our town.

Have a great foodie day! I am an Italian who loves Mezzetta products!

Thanks.

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29 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

How fun!

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30 Jeannette July 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hello,
I just subscribed to the email list.
Thank you!

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31 eileen July 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Trip to California with the whole family was so fun. The highlight would be paddleboarding in Newport Beach, and Catalina Island!

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32 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

That sounds fantastic. I haven’t been to Newport or Catalina in years, and I need to – so beautiful up there (and only an hour or so from us!).

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33 Madeline July 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

My favorite memory so far is my vacation where I spent a week at the beach with my husband and family. Sleeping in, playing in the waves, eating fresh fish for dinner – perfect!

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34 Kathy Strahs August 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

Perfect indeed – sounds wonderful. 🙂

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35 Madeline July 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

And I already subscribe to your emails!

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36 Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks) July 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Wow. My favorite summer memory (so far, summer’s not over!) is going on a last-minute road trip to Jacksonville, Florida with a new friend. Aaand… This panini looks GREAT. I’d love to win some of those Mezzetta items. Pickled anything rocks my world. As do bread, cheese and meat!
Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks)´s last blog post ..Cooking With Craft Beer: Mahi Mahi with Bearnaise Sauce

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37 Amy S July 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I went to visit my friend in another state!

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38 Amy S July 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I subscribe via email.

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39 Vanessa Anderson August 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Riding waterslides with my son at the local waterpark.

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40 Christina August 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

We had some friends over for a barbeque. It wasn’t big; just six of us, but it was good times.

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41 Christina August 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I subscribe via email

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42 Rachel @ Bakerita August 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Ah, so many memories this summer but the best was probably my trip to San Fran. So much good food 🙂
Rachel @ Bakerita´s last blog post ..Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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43 Rachel @ Bakerita August 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Already subscribed, and btw, this sandwich looks too good!
Rachel @ Bakerita´s last blog post ..Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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44 Shirley A August 2, 2013 at 2:25 am

My best summer memory is taking a ride to Niagara Falls with family.

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45 Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania August 2, 2013 at 3:20 am

Lovely panini recipe. I loved the grill marks on the bread. The filling is surely delicious, with the prosciutto!

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46 Berry August 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

Wandering the farmer’s market and watching the children try yoga

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47 Debbie August 3, 2013 at 6:18 am

So far this summer has been uneventful.

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48 rachel August 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

Going on a fourth of July roadtrip with my hubby!

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49 Nutmeg nanny August 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Incredible! I love the flavor combination here 🙂 prosciutto is my favorite!

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50 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective August 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

Delicious sandwich!!
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops + Giveaway

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51 Margot C August 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

The best so far was being by the lake and watching my niece feed the ducks; I gave her an entire loaf of my french bread!

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52 Margot C August 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

I am already a subscriber

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53 Jeannette August 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hi Kathy,

Has a winner been chosen yet?

Thanks….

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54 Kathy Strahs August 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

Yes – please see the update at the end of the post. Thanks!

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55 Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

Those are some really tasty looking paninis!
Kevin (Closet Cooking)´s last blog post ..Pina Colada Guacamole

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