Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


These grilled cheese sandwiches have less carbs and are healthier than traditional grilled cheese sandwiches, by using a zucchini “bread” similar to zucchini pizza crust.

I am totally in love with low carb zucchini crust. I think I may actually like it even more than cauliflower crust. It’s also easier and faster to make because you don’t need to dry out the zucchini quite as much as you do for cauliflower.

Last year, I shared my cauliflower grilled cheese sandwiches. While they were good, the cauliflower crust was a little delicate to work with. The zucchini crust has a little bit of flour added to it and it makes for a much sturdier bread that holds together very well.

When I made the zucchini crust for pizza, I kept it ultra thin. For these sandwiches, I made the crust thicker so that they can substitute for sandwich bread.

Once the breads were done, it was time to assemble my sandwiches. It took a lot of willpower not to just gobble up the zucchini crust straight out of the oven. They smelled great and looked so crispy and warm. To keep things healthier, rather than slather the breads with butter and/or mayonnaise, I simply added the cheese and then broiled these to melt the cheese.

I usually stick to cheddar cheese for my grilled cheese sandwiches but lately I’ve been obsessed with fresh mozzarella, so I used that instead. Look at the stretch of the cheese!

The end result is a crispy, fluffy low-carb crust bread and melted cheese. I really loved how these turned out! I’ll definitely be making them again soon.

Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups packed freshly shredded raw zucchini (not yet drained) (about 2 medium zucchini)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 thick slices of cheese of your choice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Add shredded zucchini to a large bowl and let sit 10-15 minutes. Drain excess water from zucchini bowl. Using a tea towel or several sturdy paper towels, add in 1/2 cup of zucchini into towel and wring dry. Repeat with remaining zucchini. When you are finished, you should have about 2 1/2 cups of zucchini remaining. It is okay that the zucchini is still damp. If you've made cauliflower crust before, you do not need to wring zucchini as dry as the cauliflower.

3. Add in eggs, flour, shredded Parmesan cheese and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

4. Divide zucchini batter evenly into four servings and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a spatula, thin and spread out the divided batters to form four bread squares measuring 4.5 inch x 4.5 inch x 1/4 inch.

5. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until surface starts to turn a light brown. Gently, using a spatula, flip breads over and cook an additional 10 minutes or until the tops of the breads are a light brown.

6. Remove from oven and flip breads again. The side on top should now be crispy. The underside will be slightly softer but this will be the inner bread sections where you will place the cheese.

7. Place one thick cheese slice in between two zucchini breads. You can then cook these the traditional way, spreading some butter or mayonnaise on the outer bread surfaces and heating them on a skillet until cheese is melted, or you for a healthier version, place the sandwiches into your oven and broil for a few minutes (about 5-10) until cheese is melted (this is the method I used).

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Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

28 comments on “Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”

  1. I have Pamela’s gluten free flour. Do you think that would be a workable alternative to make these GF?

    • You know when I was making this, I was thinking to myself “I bet this would work with gluten free flour.” I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it should work. If you do try it, please let me know!

  2. These look so good. It’s definitely a new one for me. Thanks for sharing

  3. Um, yes please! Love the sound of this. Going to give it a try with my cheddar and some feta (my fav cheese combo)

  4. Could these be made in a waffle maker?

  5. I made these last night with my boyfriend. They were wonderful! We used fresh mozzarella and pepper jack (strange combo, but it tastes great). We LOVED these. Took a while to strain zucchini… I didn’t have cheese cloth so I used paper towels. But, it was well worth the time and effort. Thanks for the recipe! Will be making these again.

  6. Not sure where you get wheat flour being low carb.

    I’ll substute my low carb baking mix.

  7. Can I use a food chopper to cut up whole zucchini or does it need to be shredded?

    • I have not tried it with a food chopper. My only concern is that the zucchini might be really wet because of all the water that gets released and will require a lot more drying

  8. Hi. I wanted to know if you can substitute flour for breadcrumbs. Usually, I’ve noticed breadcrumbs in spinach burgers and some other things.

  9. I used this recipe to make cheese sticks and it was good. Much easier than coliflower crust.

  10. can he zucchinii slices be saved for later use as a quick fix if the kids come round.

  11. Have you tried a mix of cauliflower bread and zucchini bread? I think I will try it, and add some mozzarella to it, for a little more stability?

  12. Does the zucchini need to be peeled before shredding?

  13. is there a paleo way to make this by any chance? like using almond or coconut flour?

  14. peut être que si l’on ajoute du sel dans les courgettes , elles vont éliminer l’eau plus vite
    merci pour cette recette

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