Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms! Of course, the #SundaySupper theme this week is Mother's Day, and the event is being hosted by Heather at Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks. Since today is all about moms, here's my Mom and I taking our picture in the reflection of
The Bean Cloud Gate in Chicago. People say we look alike. Maybe we do.
My mom is really awesome. We go on all kinds of little trips together, and there's also lots of bike riding, kayaking and photography talk. We definitely share a lot of similar interests, and my mom likes shopping at many of the the same stores as I do, so we also end up wearing a lot of the same clothes and shoes.
When I thought about a Mother's Day-themed recipe, I knew instantly what I wanted to make. While I always make my mom quiche on Mother's Day itself, I knew she would love this grilled vegetable sandwich. My mom loves vegetables, and she's one of the few people at the Thanksgiving dinner table that doesn't balk when I serve beets and brussels sprouts. She'll eat any vegetable in existence.
I firmly believe that there are few things better in this world than grilled vegetables. Actually, the first time my husband grilled me a plate of vegetables, I fell in love with him all over again. Now, we grill vegetables just about every night for dinner in the summer.
This sandwich is something my friend from culinary school, Gary, would call "Lori Food." In our two years in school, he quickly learned my favorite dishes and ingredients, and noticed how I tried to sneak them into everything. Goat cheese, basil, red peppers, things made into sandwiches - these are all "Lori Food."
When I went to the store to get the ingredients, I ended up chatting with the lady at the cheese counter. I told her I wanted a goat cheese that was nice and soft so I could spread it on sandwiches, and she handed over this amazing creamy goat cheese from Vermont Creamery. It spreads like really soft cream cheese, but it tastes like tangy goat cheese! I stirred some chopped basil and chives into it, and my sandwich spread was all set.
The great thing about this sandwich is that it's endlessly adaptable. You can use any vegetables you want - here's a handy guide, ranking 12 vegetables on their grill-ability "from first to green beans" (although I think grilled green beans aren't too bad). You can also use roasted vegetables for this sandwich if you don't have a grill or grill pan. You can use the grilled vegetables for sandwiches while they're warm, or grill them in advance and use cold vegetables to build your sandwiches. Just to be sure to blot them dry with a paper towel - the vegetables will give off a lot of moisture, and you don't want a soggy sandwich.
I'm spending the weekend with my mom, and serving her this sandwich at some point. I hope she enjoys it as much as I do!
Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese
- 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 8 slices whole grain bread
- 2 portobello mushroom caps
- 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and quartered
- 2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, stir together goat cheese, chives and basil. Toast bread in a toaster or toaster oven.
3. Spread toasted bread with goat cheese mixture. Build sandwiches using grilled vegetables and spinach. Serve to Mom.
Don't forget to check out all of the delicious Sunday Supper recipes:
Mother's Day Brunch:
- Blueberry Coffee Cake from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Cornbread Pancakes with Blackberries from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Crepes from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Hot N Sweet Mango Chutney from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
- Lemon Glazed Raspberry Scones from Juanita's Cocina
- Quiche Lorraine from Supper for a Steal
- Seafood Quiche from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Strawberry Rhubarb Compote from Noshing with the Nolands
- Sweet French Breakfast Crepes from Curious Cuisiniere
- Vidalia Onion Quiche from Comfy Cuisine
- Cod with Stewed Tomatoes from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheesefrom Foxes Love Lemons
- Lemon Risotto from Healthy. Delicious.
- Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp Caper Sauce from Family Foodie
- Pork dumpling (Shumai) from The Urban Mrs.
- Spaetzle from Magnolia Days
- Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Gotta Get Baked
- Chocolate Kahlua Cream Pie from Ruffles & Truffles
- Espresso Brownies from What Smells So Good?
- Fresh Blackberry Elderflower Sorbet from Shockingly Delicious
- Fresh Fig and Walnut Pie from Vintage Kitchen
- Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Berries, and Fresh Whipped Cream from Neighborfood
- Lavender Shortbread Cookies from girlichef
- Lemon Meringue Pie from Pies and Plots
- Lemon Petit Fours from Home Cooking Memories
- Lemon Sorbet in Prosecco from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Milky Way Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mini Coconut Pies from La Cocina de Leslie
- Mini Strawberry and Cheese Pies from Basic N Delicious
- Mom's Apple Crisp from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Mom's Texas Sheetcake from Daily Dish Recipes
- Raspberry and Hazlenut Friands from Happy Baking Days
- Semolina Balls (Suji Laddoo) from Soni's Food
- Too-Good-to-Be-Lowfat Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert from The Weekend Gourmet
I’d love to hear about the food you like to cook for your mom! Feel free to leave links and/or recipes in the comments. Also, please join us for our live Twitter chat tonight at 7pm EST using the #SundaySupper hashtag, and check out the Sunday Supper board on Pinterest.