Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review & GIVEAWAY ~ Meals In Minutes - ROUND 2

Monday, February 27, 2012
ROUND 2 of my 10th Anniversary Edition of Meals in Minutes review!
My friend Lynda is a fabulous cook and has had MANY recipes included in Gooseberry Patch books. This panini recipe among them. I use this recipe a lot when my garden is producing at peak. I will swap out the veggies depending on what I have the MOST of at any given time -- I especially like the addition of eggplant.

Don't have a panini press? Don't let that stop you -- here is a tutorial for making panini without one.

Roasted Veggie Panini
Gooseberry Patch's 10th Anniversary Edition of Meals in Minutes (submitted by: Lynda McCormick, Burkburnett, TX)
(Printable Version)

2 zucchini, thickly sliced
1 yellow squash, thickly sliced
8-oz pkg portabella mushrooms
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 loaf sourdough bread, sliced (I'll use whatever hearty bread I have on hand)
1 red pepper, thickly sliced
1 green pepper, thickly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thickly sliced
1 c spinach leaves
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
4 slices provolone cheese

Combine zucchini, squash and mushrooms in a large bowl; toss with one teaspoon of olive oil and vinegar. Grill or broil until tender; set aside. Saute onion in remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until caramelized; set aside. Spread tops and bottoms of bread slices with desired amount of Olive Tapenade; layer peppers, spinach, tomatoes and cheese evenly on half of the bread slices. Top with veggies and remaining bread slices; grill or broil lightly on both sides. Makes 4.

Olive Tapenade *
6-oz jar pitted green olives, drained
1 shallot, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 c olive oil

Pulse ingredients in a food processor until desired consistency is achieved. Refrigerate any remaining mixture in an airtight container. Makes about 1/2 cup.

* I have used a premade tapenade with great results too.

OKAY -- now to the IMPORTANT stuff -- to enter to win a copy of this book BEFORE it is even released AND a vintage-inspired Faithfulness Farm Apron and Tee Towel set - leave a comment HERE AND for a BONUS ENTRY, blog OR post on Facebook about the review and giveaway (you are welcome to use my giveaway photo). Please leave me a comment so I know to give you credit for your entry. ONE more bonus entry and another recipe to look for on Thursday this week!! Giveaway closes Tuesday March 6th.


  1. Great give away! I love panini's

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    Love roasted veggies so this sounds splendid.

  1. acorn hollow said...:

    you had me at olives yummmmmm I will be trying this.

  1. Those Tea Towels remind me of my favorite Aunt. She always gave those as gifts.!

  1. Sue D said...:

    This looks like a great recipe for when our garden is producing this summer.

  1. Lynnie said...:

    Bonus entry, oh yeh! I posted this on my FB, and will do so on my blog this week. Thanks again! I too love roasted veggies, that sandwich is making me hungry!

  1. suburban prep said...:

    Oh my a Panini. My husband loves them. Would probably be a help when making dinner.

  1. Debbie said...:

    Now that just looks great! I also clicked to your homemade panini press post, and I thought it was so ingenious. I could do that!

    Why didn't it surprise me that it used your trusty iron skillet?

  1. I love to make these. I just use a full tea kettle with set in the skillet on top. Yum! How's the baby??

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love to check it out!

  1. LyndaLoo said...:

    ......and even though I don't want anyone else to win this I did share on my FB page! hahaha


  1. LyndaLoo said...:

    This is one of my girls FAVORITE recipes! I've been making it long before I owned a panini press too. It can be made with whatever veggies are in season. Eggplant, squash & zucchini are my favs though.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe here at Faithfulness Farm. :)

  1. OhioPioneer said...:

    This is one of my favorite recipes from this cookbook. I just bought this as a shower gift for my daughter who is getting married this spring.

  1. Sue said...:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I just posted on facebook. I can't wait to try the recipes.

  1. Sheila Shook said...:

    First of all I love your blog. I would love to win the cookbook but most of all I would love to have the apron and dish towels. I'm planning on looking over your site closer when I have more time.

  1. Sheila Shook said...:

    First of all I love your blog. I would love to win the cookbook but most of all I would love to have the apron and dish towels. I'm planning on looking over your site closer when I have more time.

  1. Sheila Shook said...:

    I have also left a comment on Face Book.

  1. RNinNM said...:

    I am so excited about "Meals in Minutes" because thats all it feels like I have most of the time to get a meal to the table. Your pictures are Great too.

  1. RuthAM said...:

    I posted on FB about this giveaway!!

  1. Kathgen said...:

    I would so love to win this set! It is right up my alley.

  1. Jennifer Gail said...:

    I don't FB but will post on my blog.

  1. Louise said...:

    Love your blog, Gail. Love the recipes and all your stories. Also would like to win the cookbook, apron and the lovely tea towels.
    I love to cook and bake!!!
    Keep up the good work, Gail!!!

  1. carpediem5790 said...:

    I posted about your giveaway, borrowing your picture on my facebook page under Marie Pitts, carpediem5790:) thanks again for sponsoring this giveaway and goodness, i hope i win!!! email:

  1. carpediem5790 said...:

    I also posted an announcement of your giveaway on my blog complete with your giveaway picture :) Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway!

  1. Grace said...:

    Thank you for the chance to enter! The book looks wonderful! :)


  1. apple blossom said...:

    oh another yummy looking recipe.

    I blogged about your giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  1. Gen said...:

    I love to spend time cooking and baking, but there are days when a meal in minutes is so necessary because of hectic schedules. Love to have a copy of this cookbook. The tea towels are too cute!

  1. Deb Faulkner said...:

    Love all your recipes and now a give away!!! Awesome.. Look forward to all your recipes and knowledge!!!!

  1. StillyBee said...:

    Num Num that recipe looks soo good! The GBPB looks just as good.8)

  1. Teri said...:

    This recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. :) Teeri

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