Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Tomato Garlic Sauce

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I have so many eggplant right now from my garden plot and I'm having a really hard time keeping up.  I was searching through one of my most favorite cookbooks { Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything } and found this recipe.  Sounded easy enough to me, so I tried it.
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- 1 large or 2 medium firm, unblemished eggplant
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups drained and chopped canned tomatoes (do not use tomatoes packed in purée)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil leaves, plus more for sandwich
- 6 thin slices mozzarella
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional; not in original recipe but I thought it sounded good)
- 6 rolls or 2 loaves of French or Italian bread
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1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Slice the eggplant crosswise into 12 slices, each about 1/2 inch thick. Brush a baking sheet lightly with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and place the eggplant slices, in one layer, on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of slices with another tablespoon of olive oil. Bake until the eggplant is lightly browned, turn, sprinkle with onion, salt and pepper and Bake until tender, a total of 20 to 30 minutes.
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{ Hands down, my favorite canned tomato }
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2. While the eggplant is baking, peel and crush 1 clove of garlic. Place it in a medium skillet with the remaining olive oil and turn the heat, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are thick and not at all runny, about 15 minutes. Peel and mince the remaining garlic clove and add it, along with the basil, salt and pepper, to the tomatoes. Cook an additional 2 minutes over low heat.
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3. Use 2 slices if eggplant a piece of cheese (or two), basil, red pepper, and a dollop of sauce for each sandwich.
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I really liked this sandwich.  I ate it warm right when I made it and ate leftovers cold the next day as a picnic lunch I took to the beach.  Both sandwiches were great.  Also, the tomato sauce is delicious - I think I might make just that and use it for bruschetta.
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32 comments:

  1. I love eggplant but don't make it enough. Thanks for hosting!

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  2. That looks just amazing!! Love those fresh vegetable photos. Thanks for hosting.

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  3. I really want to try that, Alissa. It looks delicious and I like that you don't have to do much to the eggplant.

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  4. That looks amazing! I love eggplant and red pepper, and basil, oh, and bread too ;-)

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  5. HI,I shared my instructions for dehydrated tomatoes and an article I hope fits in!

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  6. Your sandwich looks delicious! Thanks for hosting!

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  7. This looks awesome! I'm your newest GFC follower and this is my first time to link up with you. WOuld love for you to follow me back :)

    http://wherenothinggoodcomeseasy.blogspot.com/

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  8. Daaang you eat good! ;o) That sammy looks delicious!

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  9. Yum! This looks delicious! I have leftover tomatoes that I need to use stat!

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  10. What a yummy looking sandwich! Love eggplant!

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  11. What a great sandwich. I am doing this grain free thing right now....so thinking making the eggplant the "bread" to have some of my fave things in this dish!
    ~Natasha
    http://savedbytheeggtimer.blogspot.com/2011/08/pizza-burgers.html

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  12. I love your blog: Recipes, graphics, all the interesting content.
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  13. I've always wanted to know a good way to cook eggplant! This sammy looks delish!

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  14. this looks so good! i adore eggplant, can't wait to try it!

    flemingfiles.blogspot.com

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  15. Got here from Mom Blog Monday bloghop! That sure is a yummy sandwich. I always have something similar but not with the eggplant. Gonna try it!


    The Twerp and I

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  16. OH, this looks delicious! I Love eggplant! and as always, your pictures are gorgeous!

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  17. These look so yummy! I can't make to them and take them with me to work for lunch tomorrow... way better than walking to subway!
    -Rachel

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  18. Oh my goodness...ALL OF MY FAVORITES. I am making it tonight.

    New Follower...going to subscribe too so I don't miss any of your delicious recipes.

    Elizabeth

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh how delicious! Out of desperation I had a pathetic PB&J today and this is really making me hunger for something fresh and satisfying!! I am so making this.

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  20. That sounds delicious and refreshing! I love eggplant, next year I will have to try to grow some.

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  21. I have a couple great eggplant recipes to try, Eggplant Pasta, and Ratatouille, hope you enjoy!

    http://picturesofaprincess.blogspot.com/2011/08/eggplant-pasta.html

    http://picturesofaprincess.blogspot.com/2011/07/confit-byaldi-aka-ratatouille.html

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  22. Amazing recipe! It looks beautiful, will be sure to try it! :)

    Girl about Town XxX

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  23. Un plato delicioso!!
    Saludos Da & Mer

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