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Eggplant Sandwich​
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dragn's note: mine came out very much 'sloppier' looking! LOL these pictures are from the Original Recipe.

Ingredients
  • 2 thick slices eggplant (see Note below)
  • 3 thin, small slices of salami
  • 1/2 slice provolone cheese
  • 1 generous tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • seasoned flour as needed (flour with enough fine salt, pepper, and cayenne so that it tastes “seasoned” when you dip your finger in it)
  • beaten eggs, as needed (2 eggs is enough for about 4 sandwiches)
  • plain breadcrumbs, as needed
    1 tsp very finely grated Parmesan cheese
PREP 30 mins COook 20 mins READY IN 1 hr 5 mins

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Beat eggs in a small, shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a large shallow dish. Pour bread crumbs in another large shallow dish.

Top one slice of eggplant with 1/4 slice provolone cheese, 3 slices salami, and 1/4 slice provolone cheese. Place an equally-sized slice of eggplant on top. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices, cheese, and salami.

Gently press each eggplant sandwich into the seasoned flour to coat; shake off excess. Dip both sides of each sandwich into beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs. Place on the prepared baking sheet while you bread the remaining eggplant sandwiches.

Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil in a circle about 3 inches in diameter onto the foil; place a breaded eggplant sandwich onto the oiled area. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the sandwich. Repeat with remaining 3 sandwiches, drizzling an area on the foil with olive oil, placing a sandwich onto the oil, and topping with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle tops of each sandwich with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip sandwiches and sprinkle 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto the top. Bake until browned and a paring knife inserts easily into the eggplant, 8 to 10 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Original Chef's Note:
some people salt the slices of eggplant to draw off liquid, which they say is bitter. I've done this for other eggplant recipes, but not for these sandwiches. With the breading and filling, I actually think the slight bitterness is an advantage.

dragn wishes to again add: I'm so sorry that I can not even give credit where credit is due. To the originator of this recipe my apologies but please be happy that I love it and therefore forward for others to enjoy.
 
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Eggplant Sandwich​
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dragn's note: mine came out very much 'sloppier' looking! LOL these pictures are from the Original Recipe.

Ingredients
  • 2 thick slices eggplant (see Note below)
  • 3 thin, small slices of salami
  • 1/2 slice provolone cheese
  • 1 generous tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • seasoned flour as needed (flour with enough fine salt, pepper, and cayenne so that it tastes “seasoned” when you dip your finger in it)
  • beaten eggs, as needed (2 eggs is enough for about 4 sandwiches)
  • plain breadcrumbs, as needed
    1 tsp very finely grated Parmesan cheese
PREP 30 mins COook 20 mins READY IN 1 hr 5 mins

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Beat eggs in a small, shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a large shallow dish. Pour bread crumbs in another large shallow dish.

Top one slice of eggplant with 1/4 slice provolone cheese, 3 slices salami, and 1/4 slice provolone cheese. Place an equally-sized slice of eggplant on top. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices, cheese, and salami.

Gently press each eggplant sandwich into the seasoned flour to coat; shake off excess. Dip both sides of each sandwich into beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs. Place on the prepared baking sheet while you bread the remaining eggplant sandwiches.

Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil in a circle about 3 inches in diameter onto the foil; place a breaded eggplant sandwich onto the oiled area. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the sandwich. Repeat with remaining 3 sandwiches, drizzling an area on the foil with olive oil, placing a sandwich onto the oil, and topping with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle tops of each sandwich with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip sandwiches and sprinkle 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto the top. Bake until browned and a paring knife inserts easily into the eggplant, 8 to 10 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Original Chef's Note:
some people salt the slices of eggplant to draw off liquid, which they say is bitter. I've done this for other eggplant recipes, but not for these sandwiches.

dragn wishes to again add: I'm so sorry that I can not even give credit where credit is due. To the originator of this recipe my apologies but please be happy that I love it and therefore forward for others to enjoy.
I like to "toast" tofurkey sandwiches with veganaise and tofutti American cheese on my indoor electric grill.
 
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I like that idea, dragn! I used to make eggplant pizzas on the grill frequently - I think I haven't done it for quite a while, because most of the varieties I've been growing have been the skinny Asian types, but this year I have a large one, that should be good for the sandwiches and pizzas!
 
Ugh, I hate eggplants in any form. I've never liked them since I was a kid.

Glad you posted it, so I don't have to. My mom forced my sister and me to eat things that she and dad liked, but we didn't. I guess she figured if she did that, we would come to our senses and like it, too. :ROFLMAO:

I'm at a loss for words about "tofurkey sandwiches with veganaise and tofutti American cheese." :ohmy:;)

CD
 
Ugh, I hate eggplants in any form. I've never liked them since I was a kid.

I'm quite surprised at this because this veggie is normally so popular, widely-used and usually much loved because of the varieties of ways you can cook it. There are so many different recipes you can make, perhaps you haven't tried the right one, for you yet😃.
 
I'm not very fond of eggplant either. I have found ways that it is edible. They only way that actually like it is in baba ganoush.
 
I'm quite surprised at this because this veggie is normally so popular, widely-used and usually much loved because of the varieties of ways you can cook it. There are so many different recipes you can make, perhaps you haven't tried the right one for you, yet😃.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard that about something I don't like. :ROFLMAO:

CD
 
Why does anyone eat something they don't like? Life is too short to worry about how many way you can prepare something so that you'll like it.
Unless it is the only thing in the world that you absolutely must eat in order survive - don't eat it!
If someone offers you a taste of something, I've always believed you should at least try something - once.

With the exception of the gag factor - then obviously no. It is not polite to up-chuck all over your host's table.
 
Why does anyone eat something they don't like? Life is too short to worry about how many way you can prepare something so that you'll like it.
Unless it is the only thing in the world that you absolutely must eat in order survive - don't eat it!
If someone offers you a taste of something, I've always believed you should at least try something - once.

With the exception of the gag factor - then obviously no. It is not polite to up-chuck all over your host's table.
I completely agree with this. I often see (on the internet, of course) people talking about (and even making videos of) foods they absolutely despise, but they're doing what they can to try and make them edible, simply because they're good for you or super healthful. "You really should eat this, it's got sooooooo many vitamins!"

I'll take a pill, thanks.
 
Well, I've had eggplant that made me gag because it was so greasy. But, I've also had eggplant that I love, that was cooked properly, done inside, crispy on the outside.

So, yes, I'll try something again if it's made by a different person.
 
Well, I certainly won't take a pill to replace something I can find elsewhere. All foods have multiple vitamins, minerals, etc... You just have to find the one that's right for you.
 
I'm quite surprised at this because this veggie is normally so popular, widely-used and usually much loved because of the varieties of ways you can cook it. There are so many different recipes you can make, perhaps you haven't tried the right one, for you yet😃.
I think you're right, I should be trying to find that one special dish that's really my own. But to be honest, I'm just not there yet.
 
I think you're right, I should be trying to find that one special dish that's really my own. But to be honest, I'm just not there yet.
I like Alton Brown's Eggplant 'Pasta' recipe. Of all the ways I've eaten eggplant, that's my absolute favorite.
 

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