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Grilled Eggplant and Smoky Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Eggplant and Smoky Cheese Sandwiches

These hearty sandwiches are rich with the goodness of smoky cheese melted on top of tender grilled eggplant slices. Make a rustic sauce with chopped tomatoes, parsley, and healthful olive oil, spread it on grilled bread, top it with the eggplant and cheese, and you have a meal fit for a diva–but one that would be right at home in the peasant kitchens of the Mediterranean.

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INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
4 thin slices smoked Gouda or mozzarella cheese
4 3/4-inch-thick slices country-style bread from a round loaf
2 eggplants, about 1 pound each

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomatoes, parsley, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, vinegar, pepper, and salt.

2. Brush both sides of the bread with oil, about 1 tablespoon per slice.

3. Slice off the top and bottom of the eggplants, then cut 2 1-inch slices from the center of each, reserving the remainder for another use. Brush the cut sides of the eggplant slices with a total of about 3 tablespoons oil and lightly sprinkle with salt.

4. Grill eggplant on an oiled grill about 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until very tender. Grill bread for 1 or 2 minutes, turning once, until grill marks appear. Transfer bread to a platter.

5. Top eggplant with cheese slices and grill, covered, until the cheese melts, about 1 minute. Use a spatula to transfer the eggplant to a platter.

6. Place grilled bread on 4 plates, then cover with tomato mixture. Drizzle with a little olive oil, top with eggplant, and finish with a few grinds of black pepper. Serve warm.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by a recipe in Gourmet Magazine, May 2006.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:59AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Good recipe,thanks for sharing

3:38AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you :)

12:37AM PDT on May 13, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:00PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Have to try this ~ sounds like heaven!

12:22AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

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12:19AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

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6:39AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

anyone else see the irony that one article here will say how bad dairy is, and yet there are recipes promoting dairy?

6:28AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

noted

7:36AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:32AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

That must be yummy.

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