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Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

18 Jul

It has been so hot lately that I don’t feel like cooking or eating anything hot. The exception to that is grilling. I love grilling and getting a tan at the same time. 🙂 I pretty much love grilling in any weather, rain included. It just makes me happy to grill. Now there is a completely different taste when food is grilled on a charcoal grill. Once I was introduced to charcoal I decided then and there I would never go back. I love the smokey flavor!

Now I have been told that raw eggplant is poisonous. I am not sure how true that is but I don’t like the flavor anyways. So, make sure your eggplant is cooked thoroughly just in case.

Here is my Grilled Eggplant sandwich recipe that I promised.

1 medium-sized eggplant can serve 6 easily.

Ingredients:

1 medium eggplant

salt & pepper

olive oil

garlic powder

sliced sharp cheddar

sliced tomatoes

basil leaves

pesto

Cut eggplant  into 1/2 inch slices. Lay out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder on both sides and let rest while you are heating up the grill and preparing the rest of dinner. Slice cheese and tomatoes.

I used fresh bread that I had made so I cut that up too. I cut one piece per person to make an open-faced sandwich.

Grill the eggplant about 5 min on one side or until you have nice grill marks and it looks cooked about halfway. The time will vary depending on how hot your grill is or if you are using gas.

Flip eggplant and place the cheese on top while still on the grill to get it nice and melty. Cook about 5 minutes longer. You want to make sure it is all the way cooked or else it will be too crunchy and the flavor will be off.

After you take the eggplant off the grill place the bread slices on the grill just till toasty.

To assemble the sandwich I spread the pesto on the bread added the eggplant, the tomatoes, sprinkled some salt on the tomato and then topped with a couple basil leaves. It was delicious. This is something you can add all sorts of things to. You could grill some peppers and onions and make an awesome veggie sandwich.