These breaded and baked eggplant sandwiches are the perfect make-ahead appetizer for your next potluck.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 sandwiches
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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  • Beat eggs in a small, shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a large shallow dish. Pour bread crumbs in another large shallow dish.

  • Top one slice of eggplant with 1/4 slice provolone cheese, 3 slices salami, and 1/4 slice provolone cheese. Place an equally-sized slice of eggplant on top. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices, cheese, and salami.

  • Gently press each eggplant sandwich into the seasoned flour to coat; shake off excess. Dip both sides of each sandwich into beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs. Place on the prepared baking sheet while you bread the remaining eggplant sandwiches.

  • Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil in a circle about 3 inches in diameter onto the foil; place a breaded eggplant sandwich onto the oiled area. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the sandwich. Repeat with remaining 3 sandwiches, drizzling an area on the foil with olive oil, placing a sandwich onto the oil, and topping with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle tops of each sandwich with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip sandwiches and sprinkle 1 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese onto the top. Bake until browned and a paring knife inserts easily into the eggplant, 8 to 10 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chef's Note:

Some people salt the slices of eggplant to draw off liquid, which they say is bitter. I've done this for other eggplant recipes, but not for these sandwiches. With the breading and filling, I actually think the slight bitterness is an advantage.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

524 calories; protein 22.5g 45% DV; carbohydrates 46.1g 15% DV; fat 28.4g 44% DV; cholesterol 135.7mg 45% DV; sodium 1015.8mg 41% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2013
These are absolutely delicious and the possibilities are endless! We happen to be gluten free/dairy free, along with a few other allergens, so we had to miss out on the best parts of this recipe and it was STILL fabulous!! Love it! We were surprised at how nice and crisp the eggplant was and how perfectly it worked as "sandwich bread." This is a terrific Paleo recipe when made with Almond Flour (as we did). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/15/2014
I made the recipe exactly as described. It was good but not 5 stars good. They actually tasted a little better cold. Since I don't normally have any of these ingredients on hand I will not make again. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2013
These are absolutely delicious and the possibilities are endless! We happen to be gluten free/dairy free, along with a few other allergens, so we had to miss out on the best parts of this recipe and it was STILL fabulous!! Love it! We were surprised at how nice and crisp the eggplant was and how perfectly it worked as "sandwich bread." This is a terrific Paleo recipe when made with Almond Flour (as we did). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
going to try this sounds great and i worked the calories and it is closer to 230 per servings Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2014
I made the recipe exactly as described. It was good but not 5 stars good. They actually tasted a little better cold. Since I don't normally have any of these ingredients on hand I will not make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2014
We loved this recipe at our house! My husband is a meat lover so he of course wanted the salami. I on the other hand could do without meat on most occasions so I actually put the provolone cheese and a slice of tomato on mine in place of the salami. Delicious! I would give it another star if I could because my year and a half old loved it as well! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
I loved the ease in making these and because they can be served warm or at room temperature they would be perfect quartered and served as appetizers. I thought they were very good and will try them again using pepperoni and other ingredients for the filling. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2014
this was very tasty but i think i'm too hung up on breaded eggplant needing marinara or some kind of sauce to accompany it hence the 4 rating.. bf bought a spanish deli pack of three different types of meats (spanish salami jamon serrano and chorizo cantimpalo).. we used havarti cheese.. our eggplant made more like 5 sandwiches but we had enough leftover breading components to coat one sliced mexican squash.. threw it in the oven with the eggplant and enjoyed.. ty for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2014
Hi everyone:) love this recipe! Made many changes for diet restrictions salt/fat. First no aluminum foil set directly on olive oil sprayed pan. This omitted having to turn them they browned on both perfectly. I used olive oil spray on pan and sandwich tops before oven. I found King Arthur gluten free all purpose flour used that and instead of salt/pepper in flour I used garlic pepper. Gives it a great flavor. I added Red Hot into the egg dip. I used 4C seasoned unsalted bread crumbs a staple here with no salt and just the best flavor.The cheese was a challenge used deli swiss at first cut in half but found it was too much cheese and they leaked. So next batch I switched to the party pre-cuts smaller perfect amount with no leakage. I also tried the shredded cheese which i thought wouldn't stay in upon dipping but it actually worked fine. Instead of salami slices I used Margherita low sodium pepperoni bag using 4 slices to a sandwich and it was just enough. Last I keep a mixture of 1/2 grated parmesan cheese and 1/2 4C seasoned unsalted breadcrumbs with garlic pepper in a container in the refrigerator at all times because we use it for everything.It's usually 2c./2c./1 tablespoon. until you figure out how much garlic pepper works for your family. Because of using mixture no parmesan topping needed.Used aluminum foil to cover once browned about 30 minutes. Used 2 pieces of eggplant per sandwich. The olive oil spray and other changes really cut back on /salt/fat:)Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2013
This was my first experience so I did take the time to peel and salt the eggplant slices. Didn't want to be turned off to the taste of eggplant right off the bat. I didn't have cayenne pepper so I subbed paprika and I think it had a fantastic flavor. My only concern was that just after eating my first 'samwich' I saw the nutrtional values and was appalled. 58 carbs? 150 fat? 2000 cals? Whaa...? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2017
This was soooo good. I bought 2 eggplant at Sprouts and was looking for something to cook that I have not before and saw this recipe. This is what I did to make it easier... I took one side of the eggplant and floured...egg...breadcrumbs...then I put down the little olive oil and laid the first half...then I built my sandwich on top of that. I used shredded cheese and ham because that is what I had on hand...so I put shredded cheese..lean ham...cheese...ranch...then I dipped the top part in all three and put it on the other half to complete the sandwich. I put the parmesian cheese on top and instead of olive oil...I used pam spray... I first built the sandwich and tried dipping it...but found the cheese coming out...so I then decided to do one half at a time...this was much easier. I also put the salt..pepper...and paprika in the eggs not the flour so more would stick to the eggplant... This was so good...better than bread...it is light...and I always love cooked hard cheese... I asked Holy Spirit to make it taste good...and He did...next time I will try adding tomato and some spinach too for variation... Thank you for the recipe... Read More
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