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.

Read the recipe here:


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.

Inspired by a recipe in Gourmet Magazine, May 2006.


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

tanzy t.
tanzy t1 years ago

Yummy have to try.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Good recipe,thanks for sharing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Beverly M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Have to try this ~ sounds like heaven!

Ken W.
Ken W4 years ago


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aj E.
aj E5 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago