Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
33 Mins
Total Time
33 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

The stack of grilled eggplant, red onion, and zucchini are quite a mouthful but still tasty to eat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Step 2

Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over both sides of eggplant, onion, and zucchini. Sprinkle with rosemary, pepper, and salt.

Step 3

Combine 1 tablespoon oil and vinegar in a bowl. Brush vinegar mixture over cut sides of bread.

Step 4

Place onion on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until tender. Remove from grill, and separate into rings. Grill eggplant and zucchini 4 minutes on each side or until tender. Cut zucchini pieces in half crosswise.

Step 5

Place bread, cut sides down, on grill rack; grill 2 minutes. Remove from grill. Place 1 piece of cheese on bottom halves bread portions; top each serving with 1 eggplant slice, 1 tomato slice, 1 basil leaf, 2 pieces zucchini, one-fourth of onion rings, 1 eggplant slice, 1 tomato slice, 1 basil leaf, 1 piece of cheese, and top half of bread. Place sandwiches on grill rack; grill 2 minutes, covered, or until cheese melts.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Zabella's Review

July 26, 2013
Seriously delicious! I could eat this every day! The combination of grilled veggies, fresh herbs, and melty cheese is to die for. We used Havarti, which seemed to compliment the veggies very well. We didn't layer the veggies as suggested, but simply laid everything out buffet style to create our own sandwiches. We will make these often.

Very good sandwich with many possiblities

March 24, 2016
This is a very good sandwich with wonderful flavors.  I made it according to the recipe except I didn't have the ciabatta and used a baguette instead.I agree with other reviewers that you can substitute the cheese and add other vegetables.This recipe goes to the top of my sandwich list.

cnori25's Review

July 07, 2014
I make something similar and use goat cheese which is to die for. The whole family loves them

whatever123's Review

January 04, 2014

amandaaanthony's Review

December 13, 2012

BNance's Review

November 28, 2012
One of my favorite meals!

LDombeck's Review

August 21, 2012
I have had this recipe in my "To Make" folder for a while just waiting until I had all ingredients on hand. And last night was the night! I didn't have white balsamic, so I subbed white wine vinegar with a pinch of sugar. My husband loved them so much, I made him another sandwich after the kids went to bed. I would use more onions next time b/c they were so good.

MaggieC123's Review

November 02, 2011
Incredibly delicious! I used focaccia instead of ciabbata and it really complemented the flavors of the sandwich well. The sandwich is really filling, but it is not too heavy. This is an absolute favorite in my household!

nickelndime's Review

August 28, 2011
Quite a mouthful, but delicious. I have made these several times this summer. I do not put on the second layer of veggies or grill the sandwiches to melt the cheese and it turns out great. They are so flavorful and filling.

StacyYC's Review

July 27, 2011
Really fresh and tasty. One thing I might do next time - grill all the veggies then use my panini maker to finish off the sandwich. Might help to smoosh everything together so it is a little less messy to eat.