Eggplant Parm Sandwiches

My weakness. Any foe can defeat me by presenting a cheesy, saucy, fried, and breaded eggplant sandwich. However, I’m a fan of being victorious so I took it upon myself to make this dish slightly healthier- by baking it! Unlike frying, you get to control how much oil the eggplant soaks up when you cook it in the oven. I recommend salting the eggplant (step 2) to remove any unwanted bitterness. Also, keep the skin on- it makes for a colorful sandwich!

For vegans- make sure your breadcrumbs are not made with whey. Egg substitute should work fine. If not, coat your eggplant in soy milk before dipping into the breadcrumbs!

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced medium thick cross-wise (or 4 small Italian eggplants)
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 cups seasoned bread crumbs (I seasoned my own with paprika, basil, oregano, pepper, garlic, and salt)
  • Your favorite red sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • 2-3 ciabatta rolls

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. On a foiled baking sheet, evenly spread a thin layer of olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant slices. Let sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse with water and pat dry.
  3. Take the eggplant slices, dip in the beaten egg, and cover the eggplant entirely with breadcrumbs.
  4. Place evenly on the baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on each slice.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check the eggplant- flip after 15 minutes and drizzle olive oil as needed.
  6. Bake until the breadcrumbs should be crispy and the eggplant should be soft when poked with a fork.
  7. When the eggplant is done, assemble your delicious sandwich by putting a couple of slices on the ciabatta, cover the slices in sauce and thick pieces of mozzarella cheese. Bake open-faced until cheese has melted.
  8. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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