Grilled Eggplant Panini

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine August/September 2005

Grilled eggplant is one of life's simpler pleasures: creamy and rich. Look for medium-size, purple eggplants with firm skins and no mushy spots. This end-of-summer treat will be even tastier if you can find the vegetables at a local farmstand—or in your own backyard!

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  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 1/2-inch slices eggplant, (about 1 small)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 8 slices whole-grain country bread
  • 8 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
  • 4 thin slices red onion

Preparation

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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine mayonnaise and basil in a small bowl. Using 1 tablespoon oil, lightly brush both sides of eggplant and sprinkle each slice with garlic salt. With the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, brush one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Grill the eggplant for 6 minutes, turn with a spatula, top with cheese, and continue grilling until the cheese is melted and the eggplant is tender, about 4 minutes more. Toast the bread on the grill, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. To assemble sandwiches: Spread basil mayonnaise on four slices of bread. Top with the cheesy eggplant, red peppers, onion and the remaining slices of bread. Cut in half and serve warm.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 354 calories; 17 g fat(5 g sat); 7 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 66 mcg folate; 24 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 585 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 217 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 672 mg sodium; 387 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 high fat meat, 1 fat

Reviews 11

September 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Looks so yummy! I love eggplant and I love cheese, this will make a lovely vegetarian lunch alternative for me to bring to school, thank you. Pros: Cons:
July 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing combination! I love both eggplant & cheese so wil definitely try this one! Pros: Cons:
July 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Great looking and probably very delicious .The sodium content of over 600 mg is far beyond my diet for congestive heart failure and high blood pressure . I am allowed maxium of 150 grams per meal ,and a total of 2000 mg per day . The normal max is 2200-2300 mg per rday .The sandwich represents over 25 % of ones daily intake. Frank .....Orange , Ca, Pros: Cons:
July 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
My husband made this on a Friday night. I was super cranky & really just craving a burger & fries. We've been eating really well lately and I was caving :). I picked on him a little bit, but he cooked it and served it really nice to me (He's a good guy). I took one bite & said, "wow this is fantastic". It was amazing! So very good. I took back all my complaining about having a burger & to be honest this was probably better than a burger would have been and much more healthy! It is now on our "keeper" list!!! Pros: Cons:
March 27, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
My daughter asks for this sandwich almost every Saturday. We LOVE it! Debora Lexiington, NC Pros: Cons:
March 02, 2010
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By: Lish
Wow this is a great panini. So many great flavors in every bite! I did not change the recipe and it was deeeeeelicious!! I will make this again and again. Pros: Cons:
September 01, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
We LOVE this sandwich in our home! We actually puree the roasted red peppers with the mayo and use that to "sauce" the bread. It is SO filling and yummy! Anonymous, Nashville, TN Pros: Cons:
September 01, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I make this sandwich w/ fresh mushrooms instead of bell bepper & onion. I also use fat free cream cheese instead of mayo& mozzarella then top w/ handful of sprouts!! Anonymous, shreveport, LA Pros: Cons:
September 01, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I really enjoyed this.. I picked it because it sounded like it would taste good and it did not disappoint. The first thing out of my husband's mouth was.. "Mmmmm!" Will definitely be making this on a consistent basis. Latoya, East Brunswick, NJ Pros: Cons: