Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eggplant Caprese Sandwiches

I've been finding my "mojo" in the kitchen again lately, and we've been cooking some really fun stuff! I made a recipe last week that I had to share. It was so fun and delicious. I thought this would make a really good dinner party appetizer. Especially in the summertime.

How I came up with it:

We bought our 1st "produce share" through a Groupon this month. It was $20 for a basket of fresh, organic, local produce. In the basket, we got eggplant (and green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges, and garlic. Mmmm). I'm not a big eggplant fan, but was determined to find a way to like it. So I decided that basil and tomatoes (and cheese) make everything good.

Ingredients: (super easy!)
  • 1 eggplant, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • sliced tomatoes
  • whole mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup balsalmic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • s & p to taste
How to make:
  • Slice the eggplants, and soak in a container with the olive oil & balsalmic (10 min)
  • Grill for about 2 minutes each side to get nice grill marks, and to soften the eggplant.
  • Build your "sandwiches" - Eggplant, Basil leave, Slice of tomato, slice of mozzarella cheese, eggplant.
  • Wrap in foil or place in grill pan.
  • Return to grill for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
I do think this would be really good with some sort of marinara sauce for a meal, so would like to try that next time! Just a light drizzle of red sauce, maybe? These are super good!!

Check out my basil "garden"! I am so happy that my little basil plants are turning into a "bush". I made my 1st batch of pesto last Friday!

These are the "caprese sandwiches" before I put them on the grill for the final "cook"!

Do you like eggplant? I've just never been crazy about it. But I did like it in this manner!


Barb Geier said...

Have you tried "baba ghanouj"? Paul is not an eggplant fan, but loves it! Give it a try! I can send you my recipe if you'd like. Love your pics!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum! Those look delicious! And they are GF! :) I will have to try to make these this summer (although Phil's would have to be sans tomato as he doesn't like them!). I had an eggplant dish at a Greek restaurants we went to - it was half of a small eggplant stuffed with lots of grilled veggies and topped with cheese. It was so good!!!

Marlys said...

I don't eat eggplant often but do like it made in certain ways, and your recipe sounds so good! The recipe Barb suggested sounds tempting! Just plain eggplant isn't appealing to me at all!
Your basil plant looks awesome - and has really grown since we were there in April! Bravo!