Recipe Box, Zucchini Hassleback Heros

Do you like Italian style submarine sandwiches or heros, loaded with Italian meats and cheese?


Italian sandwiches are one of our very favorites


This is a lightened up, lower carb version


All the wonderful decadence, minus the bread


I used salami, ham, Manchego, Parmesan, Italian dressing and then topped it off with a drizzle of Alfredo, chives and bread crumbs

Other favorite ingredients, like pepperoni, capicola, red or banana peppers, onion, tomato, could be added or substituted

Also, you could use Marinara instead of Alfredo, and any cheese you prefer


That’s amore!  ๐Ÿ’‹


Put the zucchini between to skewers when slicing to make deep cuts and prevent slicing all the way through

After slicing, wrap zucchini in a clean towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Check softness and continue to microwave at 1 minute intervals until middle is soft but zucchini still maintains shape- mine took about 4 minutes


Whip up a simple Italian dressing with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder & Italian seasoning, or use bottled Italian dressing


Brush dressing liberally over cut zucchini


Cut or fold your meats and cheeses and tuck in between zucchini slices


Place zucchini on a non stick foil or parchment lined pan for easy clean up


Drizzle with Alfredo or Marinara sauce


Sprinkle with Parmesan and sliced green onions


Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until everything is melted and beginning to brown


this recipe was inspired by one from Sugarfree Mom


makes 1 large hero or cut in half for 2 smaller heros
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 hero


  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices salami
  • 1-2 oz sliced Manchego cheese
  • 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 T chopped green onion
  • Italian Dressing
  • 1 T olive oil
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper


  • Cut ends off zucchini. Make deep cuts, to form slices, about 1/4 inch apart, by placing zucchini between two skewers on a cutting board to prevent cutting through zucchini. Wrap zucchini in a clean towel and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Check for softness, and continue to microwave at 1 minute intervals until zucchini is softened on the inside but still able to retain itโ€™s shape.
  • Make dressing by mixing olive oil with seasoning. Place zucchini on a non stick foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush liberally with dressing.
  • Fold or cut meat and cheese into smaller pieces and stuff in between slices. Drizzle with Alfredo. Sprinkle with Parmesan, bread crumbs and green onions. Can be refrigerated at this point if you want to assemble in advance.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until melted and beginning to brown
Keyword hassleback zucchini, Italian sandwich, lo carb, sandwich idea, zucchini

Buon Appetito!

Here’s more twists on Italian submarine sandwiches, Salad Sub Sandwich

salad sub

Italian Pesto Hassleback Rolls

Italian hassleback roll

And a lower carb pizza,  Zucchini Crust Veggie Pizza

veggie pizza with zucchini crust

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20 Responses to “Recipe Box, Zucchini Hassleback Heros”
  1. Jodi says:

    What a great idea Jenna. Bet that is yummmmmy!

  2. Sounds like a fun idea for when the gardens are being ~overly~ generous:@)

  3. Oh, my…..this looks fantastic. I try to limit my gluten, although since my surgery I haven’t reacted to wheat products like I used to! I am Pinning this to bake this week for dinner. Everyone will like it!

    Thanks, Jenna!

  4. Lynn Bean says:

    They look and sound so yummy! You have great creativity!

  5. Oh my Jenna! Where have these been all my life???? So clever!

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  6. Mary says:

    Jenna, You’ve elevated the lowly zucchini to an Italian delight! I love your hassleback version filled with meat and cheese!

  7. Ellen says:

    This looks like something Ray would really enjoy, so I am saving this idea for sure. WE have had a lot of fresh zucchini this summer from the farmer’s market, but I usually just saute it in a little olive oil with a bit of garlic. If want to get fancy I sprinkle parmesan on it. However, this looks more filling and really tasty!

  8. Wow, Jenna, this really looks delicious! We love anything and everything Italian! I need to come to your house for dinner๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Emily says:

    Sorry I’m late with my visits, been on the road. Your low carb zucchini sandwich is genius! What a clever way to enjoy a favorite without all those carbs. Thanks Jenna!

  10. Sandra Garth says:

    It’s nice to know ooey and gooey is still a possibility with low carb meals.

  11. This looks so delicious! I’m always looking for fun recipes that can highlight the zucchinis I grow in my backyard garden!

  12. Yummy! Sounds just fantastic!

  13. Helen Adams says:

    I just love your idea for Zucchini Hassleback Heros, this will be a great dish to serve for parties! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. JESS44903 says:

    What a neat spin on this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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