Zucchini and fresh tomato slices make this a perfect summer sandwich. The recipe calls for chicken, but it would probably also work perfectly well with ham. Either focaccia or ciabatta bread can be used; this time we used ciabatta.
- 2 medium zucchini, shredded
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 15 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 4 5x4-inch pieces focaccia or ciabatta bread, halved horizontally
- 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 2-4 roasted chicken breasts (about 1 pound), skinned, boned, thinly sliced crosswise
1 Mix zucchini and salt in medium bowl. Transfer to colander; set over bowl. Let stand 15 minutes to drain liquid from zucchini. Rinse and drain zucchini. Squeeze zucchini to remove liquid. (Can use a potato ricer.)
2 Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and sauté 2 minutes. Remove pan to a bowl, cool slightly. Add ricotta, Parmesan and lemon peel to zucchini. Stir to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3 Preheat broiler. Arrange bread pieces cut side up on baking sheet. Broil bread just until lightly toasted. Spread ricotta mixture generously over 8 focaccia pieces. Broil until ricotta mixture is heated through and beginning to brown in spots, about 4 minutes.
4 Top 4 bread pieces with tomato slices, then with chicken slices, dividing equally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with remaining 4 bread pieces, ricotta-mixture side down. Cut sandwiches diagonally in half and serve.
Makes 4 servings.