The title for this recipe is a mouthful, but so is every delicious bite you take of this sandwich… When I think of dinner I rarely think of making a sandwich. After watching a few shows on the food network today I came up with a combo from several different recipes that turned into probably the best sandwich I’ve ever made. Takes around 30 minutes to make it but SO worth it. Below shows the ingredients for two servings but easy to double or triple for more than two people.
1 medium sized eggplant
1 bell pepper (yellow or red)
1 red onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise or vegan mayo
2 cloves of garlic minced or crushed
Parmesan cheese or vegan cheese
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
First slice eggplant into 1/2 inch pieces. Place on a tray with a piece of paper towel.
Salt both sides well and set aside.
Slice red onion into 1/2 inch rounds and put them in a bowl with the whole bell pepper. Pour in some olive oil and toss them around till coated.
Spicy Garlic Aioli
Mix the garlic, Cayenne pepper and pepper into the mayonnaise and set aside.
With a paper towel, dab off the moisture from the eggplant. Brush olive oil onto both sides of your eggplant pieces.
Place all of the veggies on the grill (medium to hot heat) keep your eye on them and keep turning to get a nice char and caramelization.
Brush more olive oil on the eggplant if it’s looking a bit dry while cooking.
Cut up your Ciabatta bread into the size you want your sandwich to be. Baste both pieces with olive oil.
When veggies are done pop them on the grill and toast them up. You can give them a good press down with your hand. Ciabatta bread is very chewy and hard to eat if it isn’t toasted.
When everything is done cooking slather the bread with the aioli and layer in the cooked veggies (slice up the roasted pepper). Chop up the basil and sprinkle it on and top with some fresh mixed greens and chunks of Parmesan cheese.
Get a serviette (napkin) turn on the TV, kick back and enjoy an amazing sandwich!