Eggplant Subs with Provolone

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Eggplant Subs with Provolone

A toasted coriander-seed crust gives roasted eggplant slices fantastic flavor that layers exquisitely with spicy greens and a savory tomato-olive relish (see Note) in these sophisticated Italian-style subs. A thin slice of salty provolone tops it all off, but slivers of Parmigiano Reggiano would be just as tasty.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 45
Total Time: 45

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 3/4-inch rounds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 6-inch lengths of whole-wheat baguette, split
  • 2 cups arugula or watercress, trimmed
  • 4 thin slices provolone cheese

Tomato-Olive Relish

  • 1 small tomato, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 6 Kalamata olives, pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Coarsely grind coriander seeds in a spice grinder or blender. Transfer to a shallow dish.
  2. With a pastry brush, lightly coat both sides of eggplant rounds with oil, then dredge in coriander to lightly coat. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the eggplant in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the eggplant until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, to prepare relish: Combine tomato, onion, olives, basil, garlic, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Set the bottom half of each baguette piece on a square of foil. Layer with arugula (or watercress), relish, eggplant and cheese and cover with the top half of the baguette. Wrap the sandwiches in foil and bake until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Prepared mild salsa (1 cup) may be used in place of Tomato-Olive Relish.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 357
fat 12 g (3 g sat, 7 g mono)
cholesterol 10 mg
carbohydrates 51 g
protein 12 g
fiber 10 g
sodium 733 mg
potassium 546 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (25% daily value), Iron (21% dv), Calcium (19% dv), Potassium (16% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Serving 3

Exchanges 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 12 medium-fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

From EatingWell EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)