Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit

Ratings & Reviews

seaside725's Review

February 17, 2015
I thought this was a good recipe. I also thought that the eggplant would be too hard if I broiled them, but they did come out good.

Morningglory29's Review

May 26, 2013

JessicaNat's Review

May 19, 2013

London1's Review

March 19, 2013
I used fresh tomatoes and no marinara sauce. I would also recommend removing the skin as it takes away the bitterness. Looked attractive with a sprig of basil on top. Good side dish or main dish

MrsS11's Review

March 11, 2013

healthyNfast's Review

March 09, 2013
This turned out great. I was skeptical that broiling would make the eggplant soft enough throughout, but they came out perfect!

jancalmc8's Review

March 03, 2013
We made this without the extra bread and we baked the eggplant instead of broiling it. Delicious!