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Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sandwiches

This is a grilled eggplant recipe that isn't just for a side dish. These eggplant sandwiches make a delicious, hearty lunch or dinner, and they're easy to make. Enjoy a grilled eggplant sandwich today!

Cooking Time15 min


  • 3 large Japanese eggplants (about 12 ounces), each cut lengthwise into thirds
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil plus 8 large fresh basil leaves
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices country-style bread
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 4 slices (about 4 ounces) Fontina cheese
  • fresh basil sprigs


  1. Prepare grill (medium-high heat).
  2. Sprinkle eggplant slices generously with salt. Let stand 5 minutes. Pat dry.
  3. Combine oil, garlic, and chopped basil in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Brush eggplant slices, bread, and tomato slices with garlic oil.
  5. Grill eggplant until very tender and slighty charred, turning frequently, about 7 minutes per side.
  6. Arrange bread and tomatoes on grill during last 3 minutes of eggplant-grilling time and cook until bread is golden and tomatoes begin to soften, about 1 minute per side.
  7. Transfer 2 bread slices to plate.
  8. Top each remaining bread slice with eggplant, cheese, tomato slices, and whole basil leaves, dividing evenly.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Cover grill until cheese just melts, about 1 minute.
  11. Transfer sandwiches to plate. Top with second bread slices. Garnish with basil sprigs and serve.

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I was intrigued to see this recipe. I have never eaten eggplant sandwiches. I was wondering how you would make that. I love eggplant and I love tomatoes. I am definitely going to make this. I will most surely add the cheese too Tupelo! Thanks for that added tip as I do believe it will make a good difference.

Yum Yum! I have made this with regular eggplant. I peel reg eggplant n slice it. I have made it on my George Foreman grill. It's absolutely to die for if you add a slice of your favorite cheese and pop it under the broiler for 45 seconds.


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