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Eggplant Sandwiches Recipe

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Using eggplant in place of bread is colorful, tasty - and a great way to eat more veggies! Use chopped left-over meat in place of ground meat if you wish - ham is especially good. Or make a vegetarian version using 8 oz. sauteed mushrooms in place of meat. Improvise!
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Ingredients
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/2 pound ground meat: beef, lamb, or turkey
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided (or as needed)
  • 1 cup pasta sauce, purchased or home-made (use more if you wish)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
  • salt and pepper
Container: grill
Directions
PREP
20 mins
COOK
15 mins
READY IN
35 mins
  • Start grill.
  • Slice unpeeled eggplant about 3/8" thick, lengthwise.
  • Season ground meat with 1/2 teaspoon salt, a few grinds of fresh pepper and 1/8 teaspoon allspice or cinnamon. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet and cook the meat, stirring to break into small pieces, until no trace of pink remains, about 5 minutes. Pour off - or blot up - any accumulated fat, and add pasta sauce. Stir to mix well, taste for seasoning, and set aside.
  • Brush or spray eggplant slices lightly with olive oil. Salt very lightly and grill 5 - 7 minutes per side, until done (soft inside, a bit crisp outside). See TIP
  • To assemble the sandwiches: reheat the meat sauce if necessary; it should be quite warm. For each sandwich, put one eggplant slice for the bottom, add a generous layer of sauce and 1/4 of the cheese. Repeat. and top with an eggplant slice. Serve warm.
  • TIP: you will need only the 6 largest center slices for the sandwiches, but grill all slices and reserve any extra for another use.
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