Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini

Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini

I had some eggplant leftover form earlier in the week and I was wondering what to do with it. When came across this recipe for a mozzarella and eggplant panini on Passionate Eater I knew that I had found my answer. Warm sauteed eggplant with gooey melted mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce all wrapped up in the form of a grilled sandwich! How could you go wrong with that? One of the reasons that I chose this recipe was that it would have me use up some of the marinara sauce that was in my freezer. Normally I do not like to saute eggplant in oil as it soaks up a lot of oil but when I was thinking about this sandwich it sounded like that was an essential component. (Normally I would broil my eggplant until golden grown and nice and tender.) The eggplant and mozzarella sandwich was really easy to make and tasted great! I do not have a panini maker so I just used a grill pan and pressed down on the sandwich with the bottom of a bowl. Luckily I have enough eggplant leftover for another of these sandwiches tomorrow.

Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini

(makes 4 sandwiches)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
* olive oil
1 eggplant (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
1 cup marinara sauce
8 slices bread
8 slices of mozzarella

Directions:
1. Saute the eggplant in oil in a pan in batches.
2. Spread the marinara sauce over one side of each slice of bread.
3. Place a slice of mozzarella on each slice of bread.
4. Place the eggplant on half of the slices of bread and top with the other half.
5. Lightly brush the bread with olive oil and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

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95 comments:

Steph said...

I never thought of putting eggplant in a sandwich. This looks just too good!

Sweet Bird said...

This is a great flavor combination Kevin!

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, fabulous use for eggplant!!

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, you've created the perfect panini... YUM!! Eggplant and mozzarella are the best together!

Lisa said...

This looks awesome!

Hayley said...

This sandwich looks incredible! That oozey cheese and eggplant combo is something else.

Leslie said...

Kevin..this looks like the perfect sandwich!!

Melissa said...

Wow, that looks incredible with the cheese just oozing out of it!

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh, looks amazing Kevin!

Pam said...

I'm not a big eggplant fan, but it comes in my CSA. This looks so good, I've bookmarked it to try.

Heather said...

yum :) it's like eggplant parm on a sandwich! sounds so mouth-wateringly delicious!

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a GREAT idea!!!

Noodlegirl said...

Oh that looks so delicious!

Foodess said...

That is my perfect lunch. Right. There. I ♥ eggplant! And what a droolworthy photo!

ttfn300 said...

fantastic! loving the oozy goodness :)

TINTIN said...

I'm hungry now...droolzz~~

Daziano said...

Wonderful panino, Kevin!

Cakebrain said...

Kevin,
From seeing all your recipes thus far, I've learned that your taste in food is just like mine! I love panini and the eggplant and mozza combo sounds absolutely delicious!

Ann said...

Drooling drooing..

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm sold!!! Crazy about eggplant!

Creative Rhetorics said...

Looks good. I don't have a panini grill either, but I find that the electric waffle iron usually does the job.

Psychgrad said...

This looks really good. I also like the quinoa salad. Some nice heathier options there.

Arundathi said...

what an amazing looking sandwich. i dont have a panini grill either but i made one on a stove top grill and pressed it down with another to get the panini marks.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I love this combination! Looks delicious Kevin! :)

Beachlover said...

My hubby will like this!! now I know what to cook for him with eggplant!! thanks for sharing!

Jan said...

Yum yum - I love both eggplant and mozzarella!

diva said...

great combo. i want a panini now! x

OhioMom said...

I love how the cheese just oozes out of that sandwich .. great combo for a panini.

Debbie said...

Eggplant is one of my favorites. What a great idea to have it in a panini sandwich!

tamilyn said...

I will definately pass this on to my sister. She is an eggplant fanatic and will totally drool over it! Thanks (from my sister B) for posting it :)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

This sounds very wonderful.
Kevin, I used one of your recipes and blog about it today. Hope you don't mind. I also linked your site. Check it out.
Cassie

Joanne said...

This looks totally wow-worthy. And it will definitely be making it into my lunchtime rotation.

Nirvana said...

This is such a wonderful idea!!! It must taste fantastic!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Look at that wonderful cheese melting! What a nice veggie panini!

Netts Nook said...

Kevin- Eggplant is my favorite I have a hard time with the bitterness I must be doing something yours looks great.

Jamie said...

Wow! Just perfect! Crunchy and gooey looks so delectable.

Brilynn said...

I don't make nearly enough use of my sandwich press. This looks delicious!

nithya at hungrydesi said...

This is our favorite way to enjoy leftover eggplant parm! Looks delicious.

Holler said...

I had a mozzarella, pesto and sun-dried tomato panini for my hilltop lunch today (walking the sidlaws)and it was good, but this sounds amazing :)

chez aurora said...

oh yummy, I'd love a bite of that right now! :)

Barbara

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This looks seriously fabulous! Reminds me of the eggplant parm sandwiched my grandma used to make.

elly said...

Mmm look at all that ooey gooey cheese! This looks perfect.

Karen said...

This looks really, good Kevin. What's the bread... it looks like a multi-grain bread -??

chefectomy said...

No lie, totally making this..

--Marc

Ozge said...

Hey Kevin, this looks so delicious! I luckily have eggplant, now I am inspired to try and cook it. If there is success - I'll link back to you :)

Bridgett said...

How decadent! I could easily devour one of these.

Millie said...

Wow, I'm going to try that. So yummy. I love the marinara in there too.

Skinny said...

That made my mouth water. It looks amamzing!

unconfidentialcook said...

I am drooling! These look so good....We have a panini maker, and use it to make all sorts of sandwiches--our standard Sunday night dinner. Guess what's coming to dinner next week?

Christelle said...

I love eggplants! :))
We call them aubergine in Europe, and they are called eggplants in Asia too, not sure if it reflects variety..

Helene said...

Kevin, thanks again for the help.

This panini looks delicious.

Not Another Omnivore said...

Looks fabulous! So many great eggplant recipes out there lately!

NAOmni

Zesty Cook said...

Kevin, this looks amazing!! I love eggplant

Marjie said...

Grilled sandwiches are great! Great idea to take an ordinary meal and give it a twist!

Bobby said...

panini's are great, they sound amazing with egg plant. This looks delicious Kevin!

ChichaJo said...

Eggplant is a favorite and this panini looks like a winner of a recipe!

Chef Fresco said...

mmm eggplant and cheese, great combo!

Dawn S. said...

I must tell you how wonderful your recipes are...everything I've made has turned out great. Your photos are very inviting and make me want to make the recipe immediately. Great work.

Muneeba said...

ohhhhhhhh Kevin ... this panini makes me very happy! I feel an "mmmmm" building up inside me just by looking at your pic!

Manger La Ville said...

Sounds delicious. Can I get this for lunch tomorrow??? Gooey and wonderful, I like the addition of marinera sauce.

Pam said...

The gooey cheese is making me drool - great photo and recipe Kevin.

Marie said...

Oh gosh that looks decadent Kevin!! I bet it was delicious!

Sophie said...

Simple yet so delicious!!! MMMMMM....Can I come over for lunch?

Parker said...

I love this combo! What a great idea.

Natashya said...

I love eggplant, this looks fabulous! I just have the flat panini maker, I want the one with the grooves, it just looks so much nicer!

j & j dish it out said...

Kevin, this looks delish. I am cutting back on white stuff so even though a french bread would be fabulous with this and the marinara, I have to do whole grain. What kind of bread did you use?

Judy said...

What a great sandwich idea.

Colleen said...

Wow this looks like the perfect lunch for a snowy day (like today)!

Cheryl said...

I have never eaten Eggplant, except in a dip, but I would scarf this right up!

♥Rosie♥ said...

What a great idea Kevin. I would have thought of adding eggplant in a sandwich and it does look awesome!

Rosie x

Laurie said...

You have all kinds of yum going on over here! Great tip on how to make panini without a panini pan! I can't wait to try it myself.

Your lasagna photos are simply gorgeous! It was one of my favorite meals as a kid too. Still is...

We Are Not Martha said...

Ahhh! Believe it or not, I was JUST about to look for a recipe to use with the leftover eggplant I have. You are really tempting me with this one...

Sues

duodishes said...

Quite a popular recipe here on the blogosphere! :) It's veggie good!

Erika said...

Yum! Looks like a great meal!

megan (brooklyn farmhouse) said...

I want to eat that right now.

Katrina said...

Kevin, YUM! What a perfect way to use up those leftovers!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

I love eggplant panini sandwiches. I've never made my own though. This looks mouthwatering!!

Kevin said...

Karen & j & j dish it out: I used a whole grain bread: Dempsters Ancient Grain. It contains things like flax, amaranth, quinoa, etc.

Paula said...

What a great sandwich! I really enjoy eggplant, and haven't had any since last summer! Like how you created your own panini press! I do something similar ... I heat up a cast iron skillet and press it on top of the sandwich.

Peabody said...

What yummy gooey goodness.

EAT! said...

I love a good vegetable sandwich. I think eating all the vegetables makes up for the large amounts of melted cheese.

Katie said...

I really shouldn't look at your blog during lunch. I want this for lunch now!

Passionate Eater said...

I am so glad that you liked the panini idea!

janetching said...

That is a fabulous way to finish the leftover. Great combo!

Deborah said...

I got a panini maker for Christmas, and this looks like a perfect sandwich for it!

homecooked said...

Wow....never thought of an eggplant in a sanwich. The pic looks so delicious!

mona said...

Eggplants are my fav, thanks for sharing the idea!

The American Homemaker said...

I never make anything but eggplant parmesan with my eggplant :) It's one of my favorite dinners!

Stephanie said...

eggplant and mozzarella happen to be two of my favorite foods. so this recipe made my day (: im definitely trying it this weekend!

Amy J in SC said...

Great idea. I've now got plans for those last few eggplant in the garden.

The Pettits said...

This looks sooo good ... I think I will make it today! I have some leftover eggplant but no mozz. I will substitute with what I have. Thanks Kev!

restaurantgroupie said...

i love all your eggplant recipes - am always looking for new uses of eggplant! thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful food, beautiful pictures!

Levinson Axelrod said...

Great vegetarian option. Thanks for the idea.

Argia Designs said...

I just changed tonight's menu so that I can save my eggplant to try this tomorrow! Looks delicious and I am drooling over just about every other post on this blog. I found it through a google image search for eggplant recipes :D

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