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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

November 4, 2009

Here’s a take on the classic chicken Parmesan sandwich. Instead of chicken, I used eggplant which I love because of its meaty texture. Brennan doesn’t think so, but this is a great vegetarian meal for anyone. Eggplant is like a blank canvas, it soaks up any surrounding flavors so seasoning it properly is very important. I like to switch off our meals alternating meat one day and a vegetarian the next. It cuts down on the grocery bill a lot by eating this way, and frankly, Brennan enjoys most of my vegetarian meals. He has tried new vegetables he never would have thought of trying, such as butternut squash, spaghetti squash, eggplant, and the most despised one of all, pumpkin. It’s a miracle I tell you, slowly but surely, vegetables have become a staple in his diet. This healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 12 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 slices provoloneĀ  cheese
  • 4 pieces of rustic Italian bread
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup Basic tomato sauce, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Coat both sides of eggplant lightly with cooking spray and place slices on the grill and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Grill the eggplant slices until brown and soft on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Grill the bread until toasted, about 1 minute per side.
  4. Place spinach in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Prepare Basic Tomato Sauce
  6. Place 1 eggplant slice on top of each slice of bread. Layer sauce, wilted spinach and 1/2 slice of cheese on each slice of eggplant. Repeat with the remaining eggplant, sauce, spinach and cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven until the eggplant stack is hot and the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes.

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