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Grilled Eggplant Panini

From: EatingWell

Grilled eggplant is one of life's simpler pleasures: creamy and rich. Look for medium-size, purple eggplants with firm skins and no mushy spots. This end-of-summer treat will be even tastier if you can find the vegetables at a local farmstand--or in your own backyard!

Servings: 4 sandwiches
Prep: 35 mins
Total: 35 mins
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2 tablespoons  reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons  chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 1/2-inch slices  eggplant, (about 1 small)
1/2 teaspoon  garlic salt
8 slices  whole-grain country bread
8 thin slices  fresh mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup  sliced jarred roasted red peppers
4 thin slices  red onion
1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
2. Combine mayonnaise and basil in a small bowl. Using 1 tablespoon oil, lightly brush both sides of eggplant and sprinkle each slice with garlic salt. With the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, brush one side of each slice of bread.
3. Grill the eggplant for 6 minutes, turn with a spatula, top with cheese, and continue grilling until the cheese is melted and the eggplant is tender, about 4 minutes more. Toast the bread on the grill, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
4. To assemble sandwiches: Spread basil mayonnaise on four slices of bread. Top with the cheesy eggplant, red peppers, onion and the remaining slices of bread. Cut in half and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 337, Total Fat 16 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 22 mg, Sodium 659 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Fiber 7 g, Protein 12 g, Potassium 353 mg. Daily Values: Calcium 25%, Iron 15%. Exchanges: Starch 2,Vegetable 1,High-Fat Meat 1,Fat 1.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Comments (5)
Jenn_Dios wrote:

Looks amazing, I would use a vegan mayo & cheese would make it perfect, less calories & more heart healthy

6/10/2012 12:10:00 PM Report Abuse
sckuski wrote:

Sounds great! Weight Watchers had a similar recipe. The eggplant was cooked in the toaster oven. Grilled eggplant sound delicious! Thanks

3/5/2011 06:36:40 AM Report Abuse
mhazuka wrote:

I absolutely love eggplant. this sounds terribly yummy! Although a little high in fat, I will probably skip the mayo.

7/7/2010 12:29:22 PM Report Abuse
marlenemullown wrote:

such an easy recipe to make and the basil mayo really gives that extra yumminess :-)

7/4/2010 07:47:04 PM Report Abuse
s.m.charlebois wrote:


4/5/2010 08:00:14 PM Report Abuse

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