Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich for #SundaySupper

Sometimes you just need a sandwich. Next time you’re in the mood for one, try this meatless Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto. Be sure to make extra pesto because you can toss it with cooked vegetables or use it as a salad dressing.

Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich

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Today the #SundaySupper gang is throwing a Kicked-Up New Year’s Potluck featuring recipes from Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor and Emeril’s Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude, both by Emeril Lagasse.

A Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto from the sandwich cookbook is my contribution to the potluck.

I must confess I’m not a huge sandwich lover. And, you know, bread has lots of carbs. When I do eat sandwiches, I prefer them to be hot. This veggie combo on whole-grain toast featuring provolone, cheddar, Swiss, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and sprouts completely changed my mind about cold sandwiches.

Use store-bought pesto if you are pinched for time, but make Emeril’s Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto if you can. It is to die for! The sweetness from the tomatoes, the saltiness from the cheese, and the crunch from the walnuts make it the perfect sandwich spread.

My version of Emeril’s Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich

  • I used smoked sun-dried tomatoes on the sandwich, but not in the pesto. I loved the flavor it added.
  • I used store-bought multigrain bread instead of making Emeril’s version because I was a little busy given the holidays. I’m definitely looking forward to trying Emeril’s bread recipe soon.
  • I only used 2 tablespoons of pesto per sandwich instead of 4 to save some calories and fat.
  • I didn’t add any extra salt to the sandwich – the cheese lent enough for me. Your mileage may vary.
  • I found some great ultra-thin sliced cheese that only contained 40 to 45 calories per slice and used it in my sandwich. It had all of the mouthfeel of full-fat cheese, unlike some of the reduced-fat cheeses.

Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomato Walnut Pesto


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor plus a second copy to give away. All opinions are my own.

Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich
This is a hearty vegetarian sandwich that’s packed with flavor. It is absolutely satisfying. I made my own sun-dried tomato pesto and threw in some walnuts for a nice crunch factor, but use your favorite store-bought pesto if you like.
Serves: 4
  • 8 slices seeded or multigrain bread (see page 301), toasted
  • 1 cup Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto (page 320)
  • ½ cucumber, sliced into ⅛-inch-thick rounds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • ½ avocado, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup alfalfa or green leaf sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  1. Arrange the toast slices in a single layer on a work surface. Spread 2 tablespoons of the Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto on each slice of bread. On 4 of the slices, arrange the cucumber in a single layer, covering as much of the bread as possible, and season with just a pinch of salt and pepper. Place a slice each of provolone, cheddar, and Swiss cheese on top of the cucumber. Divide the avocado slices evenly among the sandwiches and season with salt and pepper. Spread 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomatoes evenly over the avocado.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, toss the sprouts with the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread ¼ cup of the sprouts over the tomatoes on each sandwich. Complete the sandwiches with the remaining slices of toast.
Nutritional information for sandwich does not include pesto.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 389 Fat: 16g Saturated fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 33g Sugar: 7g Sodium: 853mg Fiber: 7g Protein: 31g Cholesterol: 31mg


Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto
As good as it is on the Three-Cheese Veggie Sandwich (page 36), this pesto can be used for lots of other things. Try it over pasta or tossed with vegetables, or throw a few spoonfuls of it into a bowl with salad fixings and use it as a dressing.
Recipe type: Sauces & Condiments
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup walnut halves or pieces, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup whole sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until they are thoroughly chopped. Add the garlic, basil, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar. Pulse for a few seconds. With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream to combine. Transfer the pesto to a serving bowl and use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or store in the freezer for 3 months.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 tablespoons Calories: 250 Fat: 26g Saturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 2g Sodium: 300mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 3g Cholesterol: 2mg

The #SundaySupper gang shared Emeril-inspired recipes all afternoon on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram on Sunday, December 30, 2012. We will also held a live chat on Twitter using the hashtag #SundaySupper. We answered questions, gave tips, and hopefully inspired folks to spend more time Around the Family Table with loved ones! Thanks to Isabel of Family Foodie for hosting this event.

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  1. says

    Nice options you gave for adapting the sandwich for lower salt, calories, and fat. Great choices for those wanting lighter fare.

  2. says

    I can’t wait to try that delicious pesto! Amazing sandwich and you made it look out of this world. Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and friendship this past year Shelby. It has meant so much to me. Looking forward to many more #SundaySupper events in 2013!

  3. says

    That pesto? It is TOTALLY getting made. I’m probably going to just want to eat it with a spoon. I am a sandwich-lover, so I’ve already pinned this sandwich to try in the coming days. Beautiful! Wishing you a Happy New Year, Shelby :)

  4. says

    Mmmmm….I love the look of this sandwich…especially made on a wonderful whole grain bread! I need to hunt down some smoky sun-dried tomatoes :) Happy New Year!!!!

  5. says

    The beauty with a meal like this is that it’s totally adaptable – you can mix ‘n match, omit or add whatever you want. I love everything in the original recipe so I can’t wait to make it. I also love that you toasted your bread first – toasting or grilling sandwiches takes them up a notch in my opinion. Happy New Year!

  6. says

    I am with you, I love hot sandwiches, not a huge lover of cold sandwiches:-) Since I am not a big meat eater, I love this sandwich, it looks delicious! Hugs, Terra

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