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Open-Faced Eggplant Sandwiches

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Here's the key to a speedy dinner: While the eggplant broils, toast your bread slices in a toaster oven.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut crosswise into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices country wheat bread, toasted
  • 12 large basil leaves
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded

Nutrition Information

  • calories 326
  • fat 11.6 g
  • satfat 5.5 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 14.3 g
  • carbohydrate 40.9 g
  • fiber 5.5 g
  • cholesterol 118 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 415 mg
  • calcium 231 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Place marinara in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until hot; keep warm.

  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place eggs in another dish. Place panko in another. Sprinkle eggplant evenly with salt. Dredge both sides of eggplant slices in flour; dip in egg, and dredge in panko. Place breaded eggplant slices on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil eggplant 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Transfer eggplant slices to a plate. Place bread slices on baking sheet; top each slice with 1 basil leaf. Place 1 eggplant slice over each leaf; top eggplant with 1 basil leaf and 1/2 ounce cheese. Top cheese with remaining slices of eggplant; finish with 1/2 ounce of cheese over each eggplant slice. Broil eggplant stacks 3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Spoon 2 tablespoons marinara over each serving. Top with remaining basil leaves.

Cook's Notes

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