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Here's what you can do to prevent sogginess: slice YOUNG eggplant crosswise 3/8" thick, place on rack and salt both sides. Allow to sit for several hours, then dab off excess moisture w/a paper towel. Eggplant is just like a sponge so to prevent more sogginess VERY LIGHTLY brush on olive oil; broil on a rack until very nicely browned on both sides. Young eggplant skin is more tender, so you won't have to peel it. Use fruits that are about 2 1/2" at their widest part. I needed 2-3 to make four sandwiches. This gives a really meaty texture without sogginess OR being overdone. To sweeten the loud garlic, after dicing it, I cooked it in a bit of olive oil until soft (do not brown or it will turn bitter), then mashed it before adding to the mayo.Read More
Most helpful critical review
These are the worst! The eggplant was so soggy, it reminded me of guacamole. You should try instead to microwave the eggplant for about 1 1/2 minutes, or until the centers are cooked, then melt margarine in a large skillet over medium heat and fry them until lightly toasted on each side. That's how it's done in the eggplant burger recipe on this site that's fantastic! They come out perfectly. If the eggplant hadn't been ruined, this recipe might've been good.Read More
Here's what you can do to prevent sogginess: slice YOUNG eggplant crosswise 3/8" thick, place on rack and salt both sides. Allow to sit for several hours, then dab off excess moisture w/a paper towel. Eggplant is just like a sponge so to prevent more sogginess VERY LIGHTLY brush on olive oil; broil on a rack until very nicely browned on both sides. Young eggplant skin is more tender, so you won't have to peel it. Use fruits that are about 2 1/2" at their widest part. I needed 2-3 to make four sandwiches. This gives a really meaty texture without sogginess OR being overdone. To sweeten the loud garlic, after dicing it, I cooked it in a bit of olive oil until soft (do not brown or it will turn bitter), then mashed it before adding to the mayo.
Mmmmm! I really liked this recipe. I did change a few things though. First of all, I would peel the eggplant. The skin on mine got a little tough after it was cooked, and slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch slices. When they're too thin, they do come out crispy! Instead of brushing with oil, I sprayed the slices with cooking spray and dusted with salt and pepper. I used light mayo and reduced the amount to cut calories. I added 1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder instead of the garlic cloves because I was short on time. It was delicious!
Truly the most delicious sandwich ever. I cut the eggplant about 1/2" thick and grilled it on a charcoal grill, and I used Portuguese rolls. My husband and I couldn't stop raving about them. This sandwich now has a place of honor in my repetoire.
These are the worst! The eggplant was so soggy, it reminded me of guacamole. You should try instead to microwave the eggplant for about 1 1/2 minutes, or until the centers are cooked, then melt margarine in a large skillet over medium heat and fry them until lightly toasted on each side. That's how it's done in the eggplant burger recipe on this site that's fantastic! They come out perfectly. If the eggplant hadn't been ruined, this recipe might've been good.
I make this almost every week! One of the best veggie meals. Even my carnivore of a husband said that he liked it! OMG! Thank you for such a great recipe! A few changes: Soak in basalmic first....just grill. I use goat cheese instead of feta.
My husband (who is a meat and potatoes man) loved this recipe exactly like it is and can't wait for us to have more eggplant in our garden ready so he can eat it again!
I thought this was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had! I followed the recipe. I did peel the eggplant and I think I would slice it thicker next time - but delicious!!
THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME SANDWHICH!MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVES IT.I'VE ALREADY MADE THEM TWICE AND CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE THEM AGAIN FOR MY FRIEND'S.I USED FRESH JAPANESE EGGPLANT FROM MY GARDEN.EVERY THING ELSE REMAINED ACCORDING TO RECIPE.
Delicious! The only change we made was to grill the eggplant rather than broiling it. We'll definately be making this again and again.
ooooh this did not turn out for me! It was so disaterous that we have decided to enjoy eggplant when ordered out from now on. But for those of you who have more kitchen success, I'd suggest reducing the broiling time a bit, my eggplant was a bit... excessively crispy :)
You have to know how to handle eggplant. I placed slices on a cookie sheet and salted both sides and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. Then I took highly absorbent papertowel(youll need alot) and I pressed the eggplant between the paper towel with my palms. I wouldnt recommend over pressing because It does shrink the size of the eggplant alot and I preffer a little juiciness. But if you want them really meaty press itall out. I just salt them and eat them as a snack. I even chopped some the next morning and added it to some acrambled eggs covered in Mozzerella. You can pretty much use eggplant in place of meat in anything. In the summer I cut it in strips lengthwise and brush w/olive oil and chaopped garlic and grill it as a side dish. The possibility's are endless just dont forget to do the salt and sweat first. Good Basic Recipe.
YUM! I thought I had reviewed this already...I've made it twice in 2 weeks and it's delicious! The first time we just did eggplant with the garlic mayo on french rolls and the second time added the tomato and basil. I'm not a feta fan so I left that out and I wouldn't think it needs it. I did salt the eggplant and let it sit for about 15 minutes to get out excess moisture. I cut the eggplant into about 1/2 " slices and I started them out on the top rack under the broiler for the first 5 minutes, then moved them to the next rack for the next 5 minutes. Turned out great, no mushy or soggy eggplant!
I prefer this without the basil, it's just a little too overpowering. I've tried the eggplant many different ways (grilled, baked, peeled, etc) and the best way I've found is to lightly coat in flour and fry. It gives the eggplant more of a crisp instead of staying like a soggy mess on the bun. The flavors of this come together nicely and this is one of our favorite meatless meals.
Excellent! Easy to make and wonderful flavors. The garlic mayo really made everything sing. I recommend turning the eggplant slices once so each side is under the broiler for 5 minutes.
EXCELLENT! Everything in this sandwich comes together so nicely and the flavors are just amazing together. I sweated the eggplant for a half hour or so, then sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and broiled. I didn't want raw garlic in the mayo and didn't want to take the time to roast or saute it, so I just used garlic powder instead. Also, 1/4 cup of mayo for 2 sandwiches seemed a bit excessive... I did about half of that. Absolutely fabulous.. I might make this again tomorrow! Thanks :)
Sooo good! I roasted some of garlic and mixed that with the mayo....delish. I will absolutely make this again! :)
WOW!!! This is GREAT! The flavors all go so well together! I would give the a + 15 if I could! To the negative reviews on this recipe... I am having a great deal of trouble imagining how your eggplant slices came out to the consistency of guacamole. This sandwich could not be easier to make and it is delicious!
It was simple and delicious! I didn't have fresh basil, so I used dried and added it to the spread. I also used normal sliced bread and mozzarella instead of feta and it was still delish! It doesn't involve much clean up or much time :)
YUM! So good. I used vegainse and add a little lemon to it for an extra zing. I've also added a drizzle of basalmic too.
This is about the best sandwich ever! I am making it again tonight for the 2nd time (would have made it more often except for the heat from the oven! - this is the 105+ forever summer). The only thing I did different the 1st time was I took the advice of others and peeled and sweated. I was reviewing the reviews again tonight as I don't have any fresh basil so I am going to try the suggestion of dried in the mayo. Expect it to be FANTASTIC as before - but I do think the fresh is always the best option.
My husband and I loved this sandwich! The tips for preparing the eggplant were very helpful. We peeled, sliced and salted the eggplant and let it sit for about an hour. Then we rinsed and patted it dry before lightly brushing the olive oil onto the slices and broiling them. I added creamy goat cheese instead of feta to mine and it was amazing! Also, one comment suggested briefly sauteing the garlic before adding it to the mayo. I tried this and it was a great flavor! Can't wait to make this again...maybe with fresh mozzarella!
OMGGGGG BEST EVERRRRRRR! I am eating healthy, so I took the advice of other reviews and peeled the eggplant, sprayed it with cooking oil and lightly sprinkled with salt and pepper. I baked them and used a little mayo with fresh garlic, dried basil (didn't have fresh basil), tomato, and reduced fat feta cheese all on a 100 calorie wheat bun. Forget the french roll...unnecessary calories. HEALTHY and DELICIOUS! although, I will smell like garlic and basil for the next 2 days, but I dont care because It was amazing!
YUM! I roasted the eggplant fora bit longer, about 30-40 minutes. A GREAT summer sandwich! (I made a zucchini and corn salad with fresh lemon juice... the perfect side!)
I used whole grain bread instead of a french roll, and didn't have fresh basil on hand. Instead of the basil, I put a little bit of pesto sauce on one side of the bread, and mayo on the other. I was a bit nervous after taking the eggplant out of the oven, as it smelled a little strange. But WOW! These tasted absolutely amazing. I was very pleasantly surprised, and will absolutely be making these again soon. :)
We loved this sandwich. I made it exactly as posted and it turned out great! This will be added to our list of regular meals.
This is so incredibly simple. This sandwich will make a novice cook feel like an expert. A lot of great flayor and all things you would find around the house! What a great option if you need something delicious for vegetarians!
These were really really good. Very close to the UCI sandwiches they were modeled after. Easy too. Definitely worth a try.
I loved this! I breaded and baked my eggplant though b/c I thought I would like it better that way. I cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices and dipped them in a mix of 1 egg mixed with 1 T milk then dipped them in a mix of 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs mixed with 2 T graded parmesan. Then baked them for about 25 minutes at 375.
This is soooo good. I put raspberry vinagar on mime. Good job Jamie. Very tasty. Nice recipe to get kids cooking and a great one to give in a basket with all the fixings for a thinking of you sort of gift. Love it!!
This was great. Very important to sweat the eggplant first. I grilled mine on a george foreman, added grilled red peppers and alfalfa sprouts! This is my new go to veggie sandwich, thank!
I wanted to try this recipe but didn't expect to love it as much as I do!! I used cooking spray instead of olive oil and after a few minutes when I checked the status of the broiling eggplant, it looked dry so I sprayed some italian dressing on each slice. I also just sprinkled garlic salt on the rolls spread with mayo instead of mixing it together so I wouldn't have any wasted garlic mayo sitting around! I will make this again and again. We didn't even miss the meat!
Wonderful! With a garden producing eggplant faster than I can use it, I'm always looking for recipes. This is a keeper. To prevent sogginess, I sliced the eggplant, layed it on a paper towel, lightly salted, and topped with another towel. This pulls out the excess moisture. Thirty minutes later, I just rinsed and dried the slices, then proceeded with the recipe. I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used a bit of spaghetti sauce and served on regular toasted bread. My husband and teenage son both raved about this meal.
I have been making this all summer long, and I don't even like Egg Plant but this is delecious. The garlic and the mayo is a wonderful combination and lots of blue or feta cheese make this so delecious on a nice crispy Italian bread.
Me and my 12 year old daughter are crazy about this sandwiche . For those people who said the eggplant didn't turn out good. The key like the recipe says is to broil or grill it. The best meatless sandwich ever. Thank you:)
A fast, yummy, easy vegetarian sandwich, works for me! I did a striped peel on the eggplant, then lowered my broiler rack because I think it would have burned within the 10 minutes. I served it with provolone on wheat bread, that's what was on hand.
Wow, these are awesome! So simple, yet so tasty!! The only change we made was to add some minched garlic to the mayo, but everything elese was perfect just as written! I can't wait to make these again!!
This recipe was really good. I made a few changes because I do not like mayo I I mixed olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar and lightly spread it over wheat flat bread instead of a hoggie roll. It was very tasty!
I followed the original recipe, and it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. I will make it again often.
Really a nice meatless treat, I grilled my eggplant on a penne grill and ended up grilling the whole thing, really, thank so much!
These were great! Made Denyse' "Garlic Butter" (from this site), spread over the rolls and toasted under the broiler.
These were really good, I just wish I would have cooked the eggplant longer. I was paranoid from the reviews that said it got to crisp/chewy, and it ended up not being cooked enough, but the flavor is wonderful. I will make these agiain, for sure.
Made this for my vegetarian son who was home for the weekend. It was great! Even I liked it and I'm not a big eggplant fan. We used small hamb buns so did not cut the eggplant slices in half. Made the eggplant just as the recipe said and it turned out great.
This was a delicious way to use up some of the eggplant that piles up at this time of year. I peeled the eggplant and sliced it about 1/2" thick. I did not need to salt it. It dried out just fine under the broiler.
This sandwhich is quick & easy to make. Since I love eggplant, I double layered my eggplants. I also used wheat roll. Great with soup and/or chips.
I love this reciepe! I've never added the tomato but I'll try it today for something different. No one can resist this sandwich!
Delicious! The garlic mayo is fantastic! I didn't get around to toasting my bread but still, all these flavors work perfect together. Nice refreshing sandwich....thanks!
Awesome tasty Eggplant sandwich, you really can't taste the eggplant so everyone in my family that hate eggplant still loved it. I am going to make this again for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Yummmy!!!!!
Delish! I used Fresh Mozzarela and drizzled with balsamic because that is what I had.
WOW! This open-faced sandwich was fantatic. The only "tweak" I made to the ingredients was to use smoked mozzarella instead of feta. The smokiness of the mozzarella lent a great depth of flavor to this sandwich. Also added a pinch of salt & pepper to the olive oil soaked bread and tomatoes. This was such a healthy meal, perfect for a summer evening dining on the porch! **5-22-12 Update: Just as good as the first time we had these. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Jamie! It's fantastic!
Really delicious but definitely peel the eggplant before broiling.
I tried this with the recommended microwave and cooking in the skillet with olive oil. It was pretty good, but a still little soggy. I mixed the vegan mayonnaise with garlic and let those flavors blend for half an hour before serving. My husband loved it. We had it with the garlic mayo, tomatoes, red onion and leaf lettuce.
Very good! I grilled my fresh homegrown eggplant on the grill. I sliced, salted and let the eggplant release some of its moisture prior to cooking. Thanks for sharing!
These were delicious! I made homemade Vienna rolls (Joy of Cooking -- these are the best!) and used reduced fat feta and couldn't tell the difference at all. I didn't want to bother mixing the mayo and garlic in case I got too much mayo so I just spread a little minced garlic right on the sandwich. Unfortunately a recent bout of hail all but destroyed my basil, so we skipped it. I typically try to keep things healthy -- you know, replace oil with applesauce, white flour with home-ground whole wheat, etc. etc., but I am still a southern girl so I have an admission to make: I fried my eggplant. (After dipping in egg and then in flour). This was ONE GOOD SANDWICH! Sadly, it was only after the fact that I remembered that I actually have baked eggplant as an alternative to frying (Eggplant Parmesan) and it was still delicious, so next time I will bake this and see how it is.
This was a very tasty sandwich, but next time I make it I am going to use a little less garlic. Also, I might try to cook the eggplant differently, perhaps frying it instead of cooking it under the broiler. It was really easy and quick to make.
Great healthy sandwiches. I used the Kraft olive oil mayo with cracked pepper and since I didn't have any basil, I omitted that. We also used whole wheat rolls and reduced fat feta.
DELICIOUS! Perfect with goat cheese or feta!
This is the most AMAZING sandwich ever! I crave it on an almost daily basis.
This recipe is amazing! These also make good appetizers if you use bruschetta-size toast or slice up a sourdough or french baguette! The fresher the ingredients, the better. Good on ciabatta rolls, too. The sandwich is good for lunch or for a lighter, refreshing dinner.
These were great! My meat loving husband really enjoyed them and told me to make them again and even my 3 year old liked them. I did peel, thinly slice, and grill the egg plant. I also grilled the bread just a bit too. The only thing I will do differently next time is a tad less garlic in the mayo. I doubled the recipe and I guess my cloves were really big b/c it had quite a garilc bite to it. My kids liked them as I said earlier, but did ask to not make it so spicy next time.
used pretzel bun! Yummy
WOW! Served them sliced at a party and everyone asked for the recipe. The sogginess comes from the mayo, especially when spread on hot buns. Either eat 'em fast, or just enjoy the flavours! (no one seemed to mind them being a smidge soft)
Didn't ave fresh eggplant, used breaded cutlets. Still Great. Kids devoured. Thanks!
This is WONDERFUL. If you love eggplant - this is it. But the way I made it is not something you serve at a tea. Lots of paper towels for drips and gooey fingers. I love the garlic but think some might find it a little strong. I didn't have fresh basil (howl!) so added dried to the mayo - not bad but fresh would have been better. I used romaine for the green crunch. I used the olive oil to brush on the slices of eggplant which I made fairly thick. Grilled 10min turned oiled, 5min and then accidently burnt them slightly - takes only maybe another 2 min. max. But they were amazing. Messy but amazing.
mmm, for people who don't really like eggplant these sandwiches are amazing! my husband even likes them! everytime i mention this is for dinner, he's like "eww, thats gross", but when we eat them he's always amazed that he forgot how good they are! i follow recipe exactly except i just use whatever bread i have on hand, and whatever cheese i have and still comes out amazing. i also sweat the eggplant for 30 mins before starting recipe (sprinkle salt on sliced eggplant, let sit, wipe off sweat). thanks so much!
I opted out of the mayo and spread the bread with Italian dressing, garlic and black pepper -- seemed healthier! Also added chopped onions, because I love onions. A tasty sandwich! It was my first time cooking eggplant, and these directions worked well for my meal. Thanks for the recipe!
I followed this closely but halved the amount of mayonnaise and added a diced hot pepper to the mix. Very, very good!
Delicious! I used ciabatta rolls because it was what I had on hand. For the garlic mayo, I used the pre-minced garlic you can get at the grocery store, and just mixed some of it with mayo. This sandwich is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Made these for lunch with my daughter---we both love eggplant. Instead of the fresh minced garlic I added some garlic I had roasted to the mayo, added great flavor to the mayo. Wonderful lunch---we both really loved this sandwich. Will make again and again. Thanks for posting this great recipe.
Yum! Super fresh taste and easy to make!
Very good, even with dried basil. I also used flatbread instead of French rolls and sliced the eggplant into 1/2" slices.
This doesn't make them better, just easier. I used my Presto electric tabletop grill. Drizzled olive oil, grilled eggplant while slicing bread which then went on the same grill to brown. After the bread came off, added a touch more olive oil and cooked the pressed garlic on the grill. Then spread that garlic/oil mixture out and put the bread over it, cut side down, to brown some more. Meanwhile, still grilling eggplant. All got done at the same time, less to watch, less to clean. I did use half the mayo and guess what - turned the heat way down and kept the completed sandwiches warm as long as needed. Great recipe!
Yum.Was missing an ingredient and was still good.
These were divine! I followed the recipe to a "T". I'm trying to get more involved in vegetarian cooking, so this will be a favorite from now on!
That came out soooo delicious... I didn't have any feta on hand, so i after roasting eggplant and tomatoes i layered with swiss cheese. I will definitely make these again!
I love this sandwich! I actually went to UC Irvine and know the sandwich - it was one of my favorites! I can't believe I found this recipe. Thank you!
Very good, yummy flavor. Be careful b/c the eggplant sticks...
Great and quick sandwich. I was a little hesitant about using not cooked garlic with the mayo,but it tasted wonderful. Something a little different to break up the monotony of my usual recipes. Also, I cut my eggplant in about 1/2" slices since the recipe didn't specify, and that seemed to work well. The eggplant slices were done perfectly in 10 minutes. The only downside of this would be the garlic breath afterward. Not a good first date meal :)
I always remove skin & salt eggplant for awhile before baking
Great sandwich! I did toast the feta a little on the bread, but no other changes. Delicious. A fight broke out for seconds!
Simple and Excellent...you'll be wanting more and more!
Nice. I cooked the eggplant in microwave and then sauteed in butter, added Siracha to the mayo and put red onion as a topping-- delish : )
This was really good. Even better due to the quick prep time. I brushed eggplant w/ Italian Dressing, instead of olive oil. When I was finished, I sprinkled Italian Spices on top of the feta (I left out the fresh basil). I'll definitely make this again.
Good, simple, fresh sandwich without much fuss or muss. Fresh basil adds nice flavor. Delish...Will make again. Adding to my favorites.
i loved it! my mom and i are still talking about it. the eggplant was perfectly baked and tasty. loved it
Fantastic! I didn't have feta or fresh basil; instead I just added some dried basil to the mayonnaise and garlic, and also sprinkled some basil along with some sea salt on the eggplant before broiling it. I also flipped the eggplant over halfway through. One of the best sandwiches I've had.
Best sandwich I've ever made. I made it for my family and friends, and now everyone can't get enough. Perfect flavor. I use mine on onion wheat buns for healthier/more taste. 5 stars!!
Awesome! It's also good with Zuchini. We're not vegans but would prefer this over a cheeseburger. A real bonus that it's more nutritive.
Yum! I don't do mayo as a condiment, so I put the garlic and basil on the eggplant itself. I liked it that way, but I think next time I'd do butter instead of mayo and put on the bread before toasting. Despite the changes, I still thought this was a great way to use eggplant. I loved it! Thanks for the recipe.
This was an awesome recipe. It was quick to make and I was able to feed three in short time. Everyone inhaled it. The flavors combine so well. I didn't have french rolls so we used deli rye and whole wheat bread. I also substituted blue cheese for the feta and it was delicious.
This would be great assembled as an appetizer as well. Next time I am going to cut up the Eggplant, tomato and basil into pieces because it kind of just falls all out when you take a bite.
Quite possibly the best sandwich I have ever eaten. I made these so often after I first discovered the recipe that my family begged me to stop after serving it three times in one week. The eggplant should be salted, rested, and pressed as previously noted. Absolutely saute the garlic before placing it in the Mayo and let them sit for a few hours in the fridge so the flavors meld. The garlic Mayo makes this recipe. The added feta cheese is perfect. I add some coarsely chopped romaine before serving and always serve on a dark bun. This sandwich is really worthy of your attention!!! Yes, it's that good.
Phenomenal. I subbed out the tomatoes for roasted red peppers and it was great. I was also out of fresh basil, but I'm not sure I missed it in the final product. Easy to prepare and big flavor.
This is becoming a house favorite even for our two year old and four year old. It is quick and easy. Just remember to cut a few hours before and put salt and remove excess moisture before broiling. This last time I was short on ingredients. So instead I used equal parts of mayo, sour cream and plain yogurt. I than mixed it with garlic powder, dry basil, and dried mint. It was delish! It is a great way to cut some meat in our diet and we get so full!
Awesome sandwich. The mayonaise isnt really necessary if you add some balsamic vinagrette. Either way, it's good!
Super simple, and easy to make, but the flavors are so powerful! We loved it. if you really want to make it pop, you really should make the french bread yourself. I found an excellent recipe here on allrecipes.com.
Excellent. We used artisan Kalimata olive bread. We didn't have the fresh basil so we used the dried and wished we had the fresh.