There are sandwiches, there are sandwiches with eggplant... and there are Eggplant Sandwiches! Who needs bread anyway?

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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 the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Coat two large baking sheets with olive oil.

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the panko crumbs, salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Place the flour in a third bowl. Coat each slice of eggplant with flour, shaking off the excess, then dip into the egg, and finally coat with panko crumbs. Place on the oiled baking sheets.

  • Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn over the slices and bake for an additional 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly, but leave the oven on.

  • While the eggplant is baking, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until almost tender, then add the garlic. Cook for just about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the goat cheese, provolone cheese, parsley and basil. Season with pepper.

  • Divide the cheese mixture among 8 slices of the eggplant (half). Spread to cover, then top with remaining eggplant slices, pressing to compact. Return to the baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until eggplant is crisp, about 15 minutes. Place two sandwiches onto each serving plate, and drizzle with pomegranate molasses.

Nutrition Facts

620 calories; 28.4 g protein; 74 g carbohydrates; 97.3 mg cholesterol; 1921.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
I couldn't find any pomegranate molasses (where do you get that?) but followed the recipe otherwise exactly. They were wonderful! I will make again except I think I will either cut the salt in half or eliminate completely to test (they weren't too salty but I'll try to eliminate the salt & see if it doesn't sacrifice any flavor). Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2009
Pomegranate molasses is tangy not sweet, so cannot be replaced with any other molasses. I would replace it with tamarind soaked in water or balsamic vinegar if I don't have pomegranate molasses. Also, Halloumi cheese (which is goat cheese) goes well with eggplant not any other type of goat cheese. If I don't have halloumi cheese, I would use mozzarella cheese not a goat cheese. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
I couldn't find any pomegranate molasses (where do you get that?) but followed the recipe otherwise exactly. They were wonderful! I will make again except I think I will either cut the salt in half or eliminate completely to test (they weren't too salty but I'll try to eliminate the salt & see if it doesn't sacrifice any flavor). Thank you! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
I couldn't find any pomegranate molasses (where do you get that?) but followed the recipe otherwise exactly. They were wonderful! I will make again except I think I will either cut the salt in half or eliminate completely to test (they weren't too salty but I'll try to eliminate the salt & see if it doesn't sacrifice any flavor). Thank you! Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2009
Pomegranate molasses is tangy not sweet, so cannot be replaced with any other molasses. I would replace it with tamarind soaked in water or balsamic vinegar if I don't have pomegranate molasses. Also, Halloumi cheese (which is goat cheese) goes well with eggplant not any other type of goat cheese. If I don't have halloumi cheese, I would use mozzarella cheese not a goat cheese. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2009
This is my new favorite eggplant recipe! It takes a little time but they are sooo good. I used feta instead of goat cheese and didn't use the molasses. There was no need for any topping. These would be great as appetizer bites if you used baby eggplants. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
These were so delish! It did take me a long time to make. Longer than the prep and cook time but I think I'm slower and more meticulous than some people. The adjustments I made were minor but for other cooks I'll list them. I made mine for 3 servings - used 1 cup of quinoa flakes since I only had 1/2 cup of panko - this was a very good addition. I used dried basil and did reduce salt by 1/2 teaspoon which I thought was just right. My provolone cheese was not the sharp kind - it was the smoked kind. The pomegranate molasses is a very nice flavorful touch and the recipe for making some is on this website. It lasts in the refrigerator for a long time kind of like simple syrup does. I had a great beer with it Blanche De Bruxelles - Biere Blanche White Beer. Yummy! Final note - this tastes close to a wonderful sandwich we have eaten at a local Mediterranean restaurant called Cafe Rakka in Hendersonville TN - which was featured on "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" back in Oct. - except theirs is on pita bread. Again amazing - thank you Joenaujokas. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2005
I simplified this recipe a bit in the interest of time and also substituted feta cheese in place of the goat cheese. I did not have pomegranae molasses so I tried it both with regular molasses and with ketchup. As I prepared it I would give this a 3 but as written I expect it would be better -- hence the rating of 4. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
This was a nice break from the same old dinners. It was a great sandwich although the leftovers didn't hold up so well. I didn't have pomegranite molasses and didn't use anything as a substitute. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
Made the exactly as it as written. Except no added salt it's not needed in this recipe. I used the pomegranate molasses recipe from this site as well really easy with only 3 ingredients. Would be great as an appetizer just making the eggplant slices smaller. Quite possibly one of the best recipes I have found on this site. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2012
I modified my recipe by adding sauted squash and mushrooms to my "sandwich." Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2013
Made some changes but totally awesome recipe. Added sauteed spinach and tried a instant potato coating. Its the bomb. No pomegranate molasses but I'm very happy how mine turned out. Read More
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