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