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 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.
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- 4 cups packed freshly shredded raw zucchini not yet drained (about 2 medium zucchini)
- 2 large eggs
- 10 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 thick slices of cheese of your choice
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
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 a towel and wring dry. Repeat with remaining zucchini. When you are finished, you should have about 2 packed cups of zucchini remaining. It is okay that the zucchini is still slightly damp. If you've made cauliflower crust before, you do not need to wring zucchini as dry as the cauliflower.
Add in eggs, flour, shredded Parmesan cheese, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
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 1/4 inch thick.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the surface starts to turn a light brown. Gently, using a spatula, flip the breads over and cook an additional 10 minutes or until the tops of the breads are a light brown.
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.
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 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted (this is the method I used).
- Nutrition estimate includes all-purpose flour.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.2g 17%
Saturated Fat 5.3g 27%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.6g
Cholesterol 200.4mg 67%
Sodium 426.7mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 37.2g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Protein 20.3g 41%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.