My family likes any night that is make your own. I prepare all the ingredients for them and then they assemble it the way they like it. We recently got into eggplant and these sandwiches were a no brainer that everyone enjoyed. I added some crisped veggie Italian sausages for some protein and kale was served on the side or in the sandwich.
- Prep Time
- 4 ServingsServings
For the fried eggplant slices:
- 3 small eggplants (any kind will do, but I prefer smaller ones)
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole wheat panko
- 1 cup cornmeal
For the sandwiches
- Sauteed Kale
- 1 package Italian veggie sausage from tofurky, thin sliced and browned in pan
- 8 ounce fresh mozzarella sliced
- 1-2 cup marinara sauce
- 1 large baguette or ciabatta
- 1 lemon, juiced
- salt and pepper
Toss eggplant with 2 teaspoons salt in a colander set over a bowl, then let drain 30 minutes.
Stir together flour and a dash of salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a second shallow bowl, then stir together panko and cornmeal and more salt and pepper to taste. (Make one and taste test)
Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge eggplant in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off, and dredge in panko until evenly coated. Transfer eggplant to a plate.
Heat a thin layer of oil in a 12 inch skillet until hot, but not smoking. Fry eggplant slices turning once until golden brown. Remove to paper towel lined plate.
You can make the eggplant any time and keep in a sealed container or tinfoil until ready to use in this salad or anything else.
For the Sandwiches
Layout the eggplant, sauce, cheese, kale, bread and anything else you want to offer. Assemble them open or closed and heat in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Enjoy.