Roasted vegetables taste delicious in this sandwich. It is great to take along on a picnic!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Brush eggplant and red bell peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil; use more if necessary, depending on sizes of vegetables. Place on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven. Roast eggplant until tender, about 25 minutes; roast peppers until blackened. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook and stir mushrooms until tender. Stir crushed garlic into mayonnaise. Slice focaccia in half lengthwise. Spread mayonnaise mixture on one or both halves.

  • Peel cooled peppers, core, and slice. Arrange eggplant, peppers and mushrooms on focaccia. Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap; place a cutting board on top of it and weight it down with some canned foods. Allow sandwich to sit for 2 hours before slicing and serving.

Editor's Note:

The eggplant and red peppers can also be grilled. Lightly oil the grate and cook over medium or medium-high heat until vegetables are tender and have nice grill marks.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; 14.8 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 500 mg sodium. 48.3 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2004
This is truly a gourmet sandwich!!! I prepared the veggies a day in advance and was glad that I did because it gave the peppers a chance to release some of their juices which I then drained off. I also layered sauteed red onion on the sandwich and added chopped fresh basil to the mayo mixture. Very flavorful and will definitely make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2010
The original recipe creates a soggy sandwich. I wouldn't do it that way again. The mayonnaise does not work on this sandwich I would suggest either a cheese spread or a mushroom pate. Read More
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168 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 121
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2004
This is truly a gourmet sandwich!!! I prepared the veggies a day in advance and was glad that I did because it gave the peppers a chance to release some of their juices which I then drained off. I also layered sauteed red onion on the sandwich and added chopped fresh basil to the mayo mixture. Very flavorful and will definitely make again. Read More
(98)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Another great recipe! This went over big at a baby shower. Everyone is asking for the recipe. I did make one sandwich with olive oil instead of the mayo and garlic spread and it was wonderful as well. Some hints: You can buy roasted red peppers in the jar at the store which saves a lot of time. Also, slice the eggplant fairly thick. I sliced it too thin to start and it stuck to the cookie sheet when I roasted it. I will make this over and over and over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
This was SO GOOD!!! I used Terri McCarroll's "Focaccia Bread" recipe (from this site). I added fresh herbs (garlic, parsley, sage, oregano, basil, and rosemary) to the bread dough. For the grilled veggies I used a sliced Portabello mushroom, fresh green pepper, Walla Walla sweet onions, and some frozen red and yellow pepper slices. The eggplant and mushroom were oven roasted, as described in the recipe, except that I used an olive oil spray (quicker and easier than brushing with oil). The sliced onion and pepper were quickly stir fried in a non-stick pan, also lightly coated with an olive oil spray. I used low-fat mayo, to round out this healthy and delicious sandwich. (I was skeptical about whether I'd like grilled eggplant, but found it was fabulous). Give this sandwich a try, and it will make a believer of you, too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2004
A remarkably delicious sandwich which prompts interest simply by it's appearance. I've made it for numerous potluck suppers, this years family reunion table, today's Fourth of July gathering table and for several small lunches for special friends. It has always been well received and the recipe has been requested again and again. Thus far, I prepare the sandwich pretty much as written but offer the following notes: 1. I use a plain, round Focaccia bread. 2. A medium size eggplant is sufficient. 3. I slice the eggplant in rounds instead of strips as the Focaccia I use is round and the rounds of eggplant seem to fit more easily. 4. I use a fat free (not a reduced fat) salad dressing instead of mayonnaise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
This sandwich was worth every minute it took to prepare it. My husband especially loved it. The only change I would make would be to add fresh spinach leaves between the vegetables and the bread so that the bread doesn't get soggy which ours did in a couple of places. Or else blot the veggies very well with paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. I intend to try this with Feta cheese next time and perhaps add some grilled red onion. This is a wonderful sandwich for a picnic. We will be enjoying it often this summer! Thanks Chris! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2006
Loved the sandwich! Used pre-packaged sun roasted red peppers instead of fresh ones and omited the mayo and maked a mixture of herbs 1 clove of fresh crushed garlic and a little bit of olive oil to brush on both sides of the bread before placing the veggies on the sandwich. I also added a slice of mozarella cheese to each sandwich. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2006
I served these at a lunch that I made for some of our friends. They were SOOOOO GOOD - gone in a flash! I bought Asiago cheese focaccia from Panera roasted the eggplant and fried up some red onions in olive oil the day before. I bought the roasted red peppers and some fresh mozzarella. Overnight I stored the eggplant onions and peppers in a Tupperware with a paper towel to absorb some of the juices. Then the next morning I flipped the Tupperware upside down to soak up more of the moisture. I prepared these about an hour prior to eating them and did not press them down and they were fine and not at all soggy. As a spread I used store bought refrigerated pesto mixed with mayo as suggested on another review. These were full of flavor. I will make them again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2003
Great Taste! My meatlover husband liked it!!!! He asked me to cook it at least once a month for him. Keeps good in fridge for several days. Warm in a toster oven until the bread gets cripy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
This is an amazing sandwich. I made it for a 4th of July picnic hoping to find something that my vegetarian boyfriend and I could enjoy together since I am not a vegetarian. It was perfect. I sliced the peppers and put them in with the eggplant instead of roasting them separately. It speeded up the process. I also used garlic salt and onion powder instead of a clove of garlic. I am normally not a big fan of eggplant either but this recipe is wonderful. Try it some summer afternoon with a big glass of iced tea:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2010
The original recipe creates a soggy sandwich. I wouldn't do it that way again. The mayonnaise does not work on this sandwich I would suggest either a cheese spread or a mushroom pate. Read More
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