Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

This recipe calls for using a grill, but you could just as easily lay the eggplant slices on a broiling pan (pan rubbed first with some vegetable oil) and broil the slices a few minutes on each side.

  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large globe eggplant (about 1 lb), sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Salt
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 small burger buns

Method

1 Salt eggplant rounds: Line a large tray with paper towels. Lay out the rounds of eggplant on the tray in a single layer. Salt generously on both sides. Let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

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2 Coat tomato and onions slices with vinegar and olive oil in casserole dish: Cut the tomato into 1/4 inch thick slices. Cut the red onion into 1/8 inch slices.

Pour the two vinegars and a teaspoon of olive oil into a flat container such as a casserole dish.

Sprinkle with a little salt and stir with a fork to combine.

Lay the onions and tomatoes down in the container and turn to coat with the dressing.

3 Prepare your grill for high, direct heat. Make sure the grates are clean, and close the lid.

4 Grill the eggplant rounds: Once the eggplant slices have been sitting for at least 15 minutes, pat them dry with more paper towels.

Use a pastry brush to paint them on both sides with olive oil.

Lay the slices on the grill and grill them for about 3-4 minutes per side with the lid closed, until nicely browned. Remove from grill. Lightly toast the burger buns on the grill, for about 30 seconds to a minute, just enough to get lightly toasted.

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5 Assemble the sandwiches: To build the sandwich, set out your burger buns. Put two or three rounds of eggplant slices on top of the bottom bun. Then add a tomato slice and some red onion. Add a couple slice of the fresh mozzarella and top it with some basil leaves.