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Pesto Eggplant Sandwiches

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Dish, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 eggplant, cut in 1/4 to 1/2" slices
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 oz herbed goat cheese
  • 4 Tbsp pesto
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 2 c loosely-packed spinach
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned (red, orange or yellow)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Pull the goat cheese out of the fridge to soften.
  • While oven is preheating, slice eggplant into 1/4 to 1/2" slices (too thin and they will burn!) and julienne bell pepper. In a large bowl, toss the eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. (Optional: can add favorite herb seasoning!). Transfer eggplant to a baking sheet without the slices touching one another. Repeat seasoning process with bell pepper and set aside.
  • Place eggplant in the oven (middle rack) for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip the bell pepper and add bell pepper to the oven to roast. Bake for 10 to 15 more minutes.
  • Prepare the French bread. Slice lengthwise in half. Layer bottom half with pesto. Add goat cheese to the top half.
  • When eggplant is finished cooking, add eggplant on top of the pesto side. Then layer with spinach and top with bell pepper. Place the top of the French bread on top of the bottom and place back in oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Slice and enjoy.

Notes

Eggplant tips: Eggplant is best prepared right before service. Do not slice eggplant too early in advance; it will brown. Do not slice too thin or it will burn while roasting - it's better to err on the side of too thick! Avoid eggplant sitting for too long with oil because it is very absorbent.
Clean-up tips: Line your baking sheets with foil for easier clean-up.
Extra options: Can add a layer of grilled chicken to this sandwich for an extra protein boost! Also delicious with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar in the middle. And feel free to use your imagination on seasoning. Delicious with just salt and pepper but have also used an Italian herb blend or Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning!

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 9gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 506mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5g
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