Open Faced Chargrilled Vegetable Sandwich

Posted on by on May 30th, 2012 | 42 Comments »

As we enter June, grill season is officially upon most of the world. Here in Be’er Sheva it seems to be coming to an end as the temperatures are reaching above 90F. Nights are still nice enough to fire up the coals but unfortunately that wont be lasting very long and so here in southern Israel we try to get in as much BBQ time as possible. 

About a year ago my father came to visit me in Israel and since then has been raving about a balsamic vinegar that he gets at the farmers market in Delray Beach, FL. “You could eat it with a spoon, its so good” he would say. “I don’t usually like balsamic but this, this is just the best” he added. For months and months I have been asking him to send me this magical balsamic that I hear so much about and finally one day, the box that I have been waiting for finally arrived. The package included a 4 bottle assortment of his beloved balsamic, Bistro Blends fig balsamic, heirloom balsamic, olive oil with Meyer lemon and rosemary roasted garlic cabernet oil. The balsamic was thick as I poured it out. It coated the spoon like syrup. The barrel aged balsamic vinegar with mission fig puree tasted sweet and delicious as it touched my tongue. I instantly became addicted and wanted to utilize it that night with dinner.

In my last post I shared my recipe for garlic pistachio pesto, and mentioned that I had used it on a chargrilled vegetable sandwich. This is that sandwich. And, I must say it is probably one of the best out there.

Next to slow roasted vegetables, chargrilled vegetables are my favorite and nothing says summer better. This open faced grilled vegetable sandwich is super easy to make and delicious. It’s one of those meals that when you are done eating you look at your empty plate regretting not have taken the time to eat slower. Sun dried tomato bread smothered in garlic pistachio pesto, loaded with eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, bulgari cheese and drizzled with some of the best balsamic vinegar, it is absolutely perfect for summer grill season whether it be casual get togethers, BBQ’s, poolside lunches or light dinners.

*Bistro Blends balsamic vinegar was a gift from my father and all opinons stated in this post are solely my own.*

Ingredients: (Makes 2 open faced sandwiches) 

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
1 cup olive oil
1 eggplant, sliced thin, lengthwise
2 zucchinis, sliced thin, lengthwise
1 sweet potato, sliced thin, lengthwise
4 ounces bulgari cheese
2 tablespoons garlic pistachio pest0, plus more for garnish (recipe found here)
1 sun dried tomato roll (or other hard roll), cut in half
Balsamic vinegar ( I used Bistro Blends heirloom balsamic)


Pre heat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with foil, set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, combine garlic, rosemary and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Toss cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup of olive oil mixture and spread on prepared baking sheet, bake for 30 minutes or until shriveled and browning slightly. Remove from oven and tent with foil to keep warm.
While tomatoes are roasting, coat vegetable slices in remaining olive oil mixture and grill until charred on both sides.
Spread each half of the sun dried tomato roll with garlic pesto and place cut side down on grill and grill until toasted.
Divide chargrilled vegetables between each piece of bread and top with oven roasted tomatoes and crumble bulgari cheese on top.
Drizzle balsamic over each sandwich and dot sandwiches with more pesto if desired.



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  1. Posted on: 5-30-2012

    I have never tasted a char grilled sandwich before. This looks delicious 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Oooo chargrilled veggies are the best!! Piled on a sandwich or not you can’t go wrong!

  2. Posted on: 5-30-2012

    This does look like a delicious way to get your daily dose of veggies. Roasted or grilled veggies are the best way to prepare them in my book. Also, I understand all the raves about balsamic-it is getting so popular these days. With the difference in the aging, now there are more balsamic connoisseurs than ever. I am not to picky but that brand may change me.
    I am now ready for some grilled sandwiches-yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      I’ve never been too picky myself when it comes to balsamic but I think once you taste some that is just fabulous you can’t go back!!! That’s what happened with this balsamic. I used the heirloom in this sandwich which was wonderful but my favorite by far is the fig balsamic. Yum!

  3. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    What a pleasant, healthy and tasty meal! I can imagine the flavours would be beautiful. As it is Autumn here, I have been roasting a lot of veggies so this is a different way for me to enjoy them, thank you!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Anna, this would be perfect with roasted veggies as well if it’s too cool to grill. Roasted veggies are on the top of my list on how to eat veggies!

  4. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    I am a huge fan of sandwiches, grilled, open faced and roasted veggies – as far as I am concerned you just do the lot and win big time 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      This is for sure a big win if you’re a sandwich and veggie lover!

  5. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    Lovely array of veges and all of is my fav, esp the eggplant. This is so healthy and makes a perfect dinner meal for us. My other half will drool all the way because he can eat plenty of veges, what more when its a sandwich. The balsamic vinegar is new to me and I am not sure whether I can find it here. Suppose I can replace with the current brand of the same I have at home.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Eggplant is my favorite too!! As I love all the veggies on this I would probably be just as happy with just eggplant!! The brand of balsamic you use doesn’t matter, whatever you have at home and love will be just perfect!

  6. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    I have to say this looks amazing! Like the perfect meal for me right now. Thank you for posting =]

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Thank you!! It really is the perfect meal anytime!

  7. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    This looks soooo good Beth!!!! I could totally eat this for lunch right now 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      When I made it, it reminded me of the grilled veggie plate we get at Ringlebloom!!!

  8. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    WOW, what a gorgeous sandwich. And a fabulous balsamic can make a huge difference in your cooking…I love when they are well aged, syrupy and sweet. So yummy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Thanks Liz! I don’t think I can ever go back to a balsamic that wasn’t aged for many years! It’s just way too delicious!

  9. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    Oh I gotta try these, a perfect summer meal, lunch or dinner! Here is Florida, we grill year round, I am ALWAYS looking for something different to make, thanks for sharing!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Any meal these would be amazing! And, living in Florida you can so enjoy the veggies chargrilled all year long!

  10. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    what a gorgeous sandwich! a great way to use up all the goodies from the farmers market

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Thanks Abby! Perfect use for your farmers market finds.

  11. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    Oh my word, this looks amazing!! There is nothing better than roasted veggies, they bring any dish to a whole new level. I’d love to get my hands on some of that balsamic, really good balsamic is such a treat.
    Hope you are well and that baby girl is growing big and strong!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Maggie, just go to their website which I have linked in the post and you can order it straight from there! It could be dangerous though because you will end up being on that site a lot!!! Baby girl is doing great and growing strong!! Hope you and your expecting are doing great and feeling good too!!

  12. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    I am drooling over these sandwiches, Beth! I could easily eat an entire platter of grilled veggies, and topped with good balsamic vinegar elevates them to a new level of scrumptiousness. What a terrific gift from your dad! Enjoy your barbecues while you can – I’m envious of your heat. Spring is teasing us here in Seattle and we’ve only grilled a couple of times so far.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Oh dont be too envious of this heat! It’s getting too hot to even be outside! I sometimes feel like I live on the hottest place on earth and won’t even need a grill to cook my food, I can just cook it on the ground lol

  13. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    I tried balsamic vinegar only once and didn’t like it. This sandwich on the other hand looks amazing! Makes me want to try bv again.. Thank you for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2012

      Well you can totally enjoy this sandwich without balsamic however I think if you were to try it with this particular balsamic you may change your mind 🙂

  14. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    Beth, as usual, your photos are just wonderful and the open faced sandwiches look utterly delicious – you really have to stop posting all these wonderful recipe ideas because now I want to try them all out but I cannot keep up, but I am trying!

    I’ve nominated you for a brand new award! The “Food Stories Award”. Please stop by my blog to “pick it up”. I really enjoy reading all your stories!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      Aw thank you do much for your sweet words Andrea! So glad you love the recipes!! And, thank you do much for the award! Heading over to your blog now!

  15. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    I find very easy to believe this is the best sandwich ever! It must be fabulous! I love vegetables based sandwiches, and this put everything I love together (but maybe I should avoid garlic.. I’m a bit vampire :D)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      Haha I’m sure it would be great without garlic too. I’ll take your garlic cause I just can’t get enough! 🙂

  16. Posted on: 5-31-2012

    This sounds FANTASTIC. I would love this to be my dinner tonight. All of the flavors and the cheese and the veggies sound beautiful together, plus that homemade pistachio pesto of yours takes it over the top.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      The pesto for sure brings it to a whole new level of amazing!!

  17. Posted on: 6-1-2012

    Yum!! This sandwich looks fantastic!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      Thanks so much Stephanie!!

  18. Posted on: 6-1-2012

    That’s a seriously impressive sandwich! Wow!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      Thanks Jenny!!

  19. Posted on: 6-1-2012

    Another amazing post for me to drool over… I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and as always I love following your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-1-2012

      No objections at all! Thank you so much!

  20. Posted on: 6-2-2012

    OMG, this is totally my kind of sandwich!!! I’ll pick this one over hot dogs, hamburgers, any kind of sandwiches!!! I hope I can make this soon. I’ve never tried bulgari cheese – something I need to look into. SO EXCITING! I loooove the look of the sandwich…hope I can make it like yours. 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-2-2012

      I would take this over any other sandwich too! If you cant find bulgari cheese you can use feta instead for a similar taste. Im sure yours will come out just as pretty as this one! How could it not with all those yummy veggies on it?!

  21. Posted on: 6-4-2012

    This looks like my favorite kind of dinner: glorified vegetables on toast! Simple and satisfying (and healthy!). Looks amazing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-4-2012

      Thanks Lindsay! It really doesn’t get much better then chargrilled veggies on yummy bread!

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