Eggplant Sandwiches

Who says bread has to be an ingredient in a sandwich

Who says bread has to be an ingredient in a sandwich

These started out as stuffed eggplant rolls, but the grilling process did not make the eggplant roll up well. Oh well sandwiches worked even better. To jazz this up even more layers of grilled red bell pepper could be alternated with the eggplant.

Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

  • 1 eggplant
  • 4 tbsp soft goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 green onion chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • Dry white wine
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

Cut eggplant lengthwise into 1/4″ thick slices. Layer eggplant in a colander and salt each layer. Place a plate on top and then some weight, like a can of tomatoes. Let eggplant sit for 30 minutes. Prepare grill. Remove weight from eggplant and count the slices. Take the end pieces and if there is an odd amount left over the worst slice as well. Chop up the ends and extra into fine dice. Brush olive oil over remaining good slices of eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Grill slices off eggplant until browned and cooked over direct heat, about 3 minutes per side. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan and add onion. Fry on medium for a few minutes to break up the rings then add chopped eggplant. Cook until softened then add spinach and wilt. Mix vegetables with cheese and add dill and enough wine to create a thick smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper. Assemble sandwiches. Starting with the 2 longest slices cover one side with cheese then top each with next longest slice of eggplant. Continue until eggplant is gone topping with eggplant. Cut each sandwich in half and serve hot or cold.

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19 Responses to Eggplant Sandwiches

  1. TasteFood says:

    Great idea – especially with the spinach.

  2. Such a wonderful idea! and I love the suggestion about the red pepper

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Thank heavens they didn’t roll! These sandwiches look so much better.

  4. Fabulous idea.
    🙂 Mandy

  5. Looks great!! Love eggplant, its so versatile, why not make it a sambo?!

  6. Looks great – any substitutions for the wine? Or can the recipe do without? Thanks 🙂

  7. rumpydog says:

    man, that looks delicious!

  8. Great impromptu idea. Were your rollups held together by skewers or something?

  9. Eva Taylor says:

    That does look delicious Greg, there is something so creamy and wonderful in pairing eggplant and goats cheese, such a delightful flavour and texture.

  10. Eggplant, goat cheese….I’m in! Thinking some sun-dried tomatoes and a little pesto might be another variation on the theme. Looks delicious!

  11. billpeeler says:

    I would never think of something like this. But I’d sure eat it up.

  12. Mad Dog says:

    Excellent idea 😉

  13. I’m with MD – very, very good idea. Have to try it soon.

  14. Caroline says:

    Never seen eggplant sandwiches before…kinda glad the rolls didn’t work out! These sound great.

  15. This is a very nice option. It looks great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Carolyn Chan says:

    What a great recovery from something that didn’t work out ! Looks delish.

  17. Kristy says:

    I thought that was goat cheese! Delicious!!!!

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