Grilled Eggplant Banh Mi Sandwich

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Once grilled, eggplant comes into its full glory: tender, creamy flesh with a satisfying meatiness that makes it ideal for our Vietnamese-style Grilled Eggplant Banh Mi Sandwich.

Yield:

Serves 5 (serving size: 1 piece)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 392
Fat 14.6 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 7.1 g
Polyfat 4.4 g
Protein 14.4 g
Carbohydrate 54.7 g
Fiber 8.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 575 mg
Calcium 70 mg

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups julienne-cut peeled carrot (about 4 medium)
1 1/4 pounds eggplant
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons yellow miso (soybean paste)
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 (16-ounce) French bread baguette, cut in half horizontally
1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Thinly sliced jalapeño pepper (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add carrot; let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cut eggplant stem off. Cut eggplant lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices; brush with oil. Grill 7 minutes or until tender, turning once.

4. Combine peanut butter, onions, ginger, miso, and juice in a bowl; stir well.

5. Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread for another use. Place bread on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Spread bottom half of bread with peanut butter mixture. Arrange eggplant evenly over peanut butter mixture. Arrange carrot mixture and cucumber evenly over eggplant; top with cilantro and jalapeño, if desired. Place top half of bread on sandwich. Cut into 5 equal pieces.

Note:

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Ruth Cousineau,

June 2013