Many of you might know this sandwich exists but have never ventured to try it. If you fall into that category, then you're missing out on an incredibly tasty sandwich. I'm here to correct that wrong and get you on the right track to making your own delicious eggplant parmesan sandwich.
I'm crazy about eggplant parmesan so while I was making it for dinner last night, an idea struck me. The idea was that I had plenty of fried pieces of eggplant left so why not make it into a classic eggplant sandwich. Before, I go any further though, here is how prepare and cook the eggplant.
- 1 Eggplant
- Italian Bread Crumbs
- Canola Oil
- Olive oil for taste
- Italian bread loaf
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Pasta Sauce of your choice
Cut the eggplant into slices, then lay out in a single layer on either a cookie sheet or a cutting board. Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with salt. Let the eggplant sit for 30 minutes. By going through this process called sweating, the excess moisture will be drawn out of the eggplant. After 30 minutes, rinse both sides of the slices thoroughly with cold water. After rinsing the eggplant, dry each piece very well with paper towel.
Step 2: Breading the eggplant
Dip each eggplant slice into the egg (above) and then cover completely with bread crumbs (below).
|Just getting the hands a little messy never hurt anyone.|
Step 3: Frying the eggplant
This is the fun part and it's really easy. Heat your Canola Oil to medium and fry your slices of eggplant until they look golden brown (like the picture) on both sides and sprinkle with olive oil for taste.
|Before I slathered one side of the bread with pasta sauce and put it in the toaster oven.|
You're going to want to use quality bread for this sandwich (as with all sandwiches) so they come out tasting the best they possibly can. For this sandwich, I used an Italian Bread called Pane Toscano that was freshly made at Kroger. This is just a recommendation in case you don't have a speciality bread shop near you. Kroger has a better selection of freshly made breads than most grocery stores I've been to.
|Ahh the toaster oven, where everything melts together.|
|You know I have to show you a serving suggestion. I recommend wheat thins on the side. What a perfect combo it was.|
How do I rank this sandwich? You wouldn't believe it if I told you but this was one the best tasting sandwiches I've ever made in my life. The combination of the fresh mozzarella with the squishiness but at the same time, crispiness of the fried eggplant slathered with a little pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and bread. It's like eating a delicious Italian meal all in one sandwich. That's the reason it'll be well worth your time and taste buds so it comes highly recommended!