Jul 112013
 
Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant Sandwich

 I sat down on the blue, outside patio bench at Seafood Sams in Sandwich and opened my sandwich wrapper.  Everyone around me turned and stared.

Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant Sandwich

Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant Sandwich

For one, because I had brought my own food into Seafood Sams (the home of gross fried seafood), and secondly because my sandwich from the ever-so-charming Corner Store in Chatham, Mass was making everyone’s mouth water.

I had learned from past experience that sneaking food in this particular venue is a must if everyone is adamant that we visit.  There is simply nothing on the menu I’m excited to spend my money on (I realize this is rather tacky but I was discreet, I promise).

As for my sandwich – grilled eggplant, marinated tomatoes, hummus, kalamata olives and gorgeous multigrain bread pressed into a panini (hold the feta). What is NOT to love? In fact, I went back the next day and got the SAME sandwich and my daughter got a gluten free and vegan burrito with black beans, fresh salsa, and roasted potatoes on a Food For Life rice tortilla. YUM!

In honor of the Corner Store I few home to Florida and the first recipe I re-created was a light version of the grilled eggplant sammie (for those of us that can’t make it to Chatham, Mass every day.)

Corner Store….you rock! Thank you for having vegan and gluten free options.  Here’s to you!

**This recipe actually started out as a grilled eggplant, but when I glanced at the porch after preheating the grill and noticed the black smoke emanating from the back of it, I thought “should I call the fire department first or try to put it out first?” I quickly filled a pot with water, took a deep breath and ran out to the porch. As I lifted the lid there were flames about three feet high. I backed up and threw the pot of water on it and ran back into the house to breathe. 

Hence the reason for the roasted eggplant and reason #101 that eating meat sucks! My hubby had cooked chicken wings while I was out of town and the grease from them flamed up the dang grill. I promise people – grilling tofu doesn’t have the same hazards.

For those of you that didn’t catch my facebook post – here are a few snapshots from my Cape Cod trip where we were visiting friends and family. I grew up in MASS!

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Breakfast with Cara, Ben and Baby Rosie!

Breakfast with Cara, Ben and Baby Rosie!

For the grand finale - Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich!

Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant Sandwich

Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant Sandwich

 Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich

Inspired by the Corner Store, Chatham Mass
Serves 4
Vegan (use Gluten Free bread for gluten free sandwich)
Printable Recipe

 

Ingredients 

4 small tomatoes such as plum tomatoes
1/3 cup your favorite Annie’s Dressing, such as Balsamic Vinaigrette**
1 eggplant
2 Tbsp olive oil**
Coarse sea salt & fresh ground pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup white wine
8 slices of handmade multigrain bread
1/2 cup pre-made hummus
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Optional
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced

Directions

1. Slice tomatoes and place in container; pour dressing and cover and marinate for 2 hours or over night.

2. Preheat oven to 400F; slice eggplant; rub 1 Tbsp oil into baking pan; add eggplant; brush tops with 1 Tbsp olive oil; sprinkle coarse sea salt, fresh ground pepper and garlic powder; place eggplant in oven and cook 15 minutes; flip and pour white wine over eggplant evenly; roast an additional 15 minutes; remove from oven and set aside.

3. Toast bread; spread 2 Tbsp hummus on each of 4 slices of toast; top with two slices of roasted eggplant; top with 4 slices of  marinated tomato; sprinkle additional salt and pepper; add 1/2 cup fresh spinach and top with a few olive slices if using and remaining slices of bread. Slice sandwich into two sections and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 328.8
Total Fat 15.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 456.6 mg
Potassium 595.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.8 g
Dietary Fiber 14.3 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Protein 18.8 g

Vitamin A 38.3 %
Vitamin B-6 12.9 %
Vitamin C 21.2 %
Vitamin E 4.9 %
Calcium 8.0 %
Copper 15.3 %
Folate 22.6 %
Iron 10.3 %
Magnesium 15.2 %
Manganese 32.7 %
Niacin 11.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.5 %
Phosphorus 10.8 %
Riboflavin 11.4 %
Selenium 2.3 %
Thiamin 11.7 %
Zinc 6.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Enjoy this Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich!

  15 Responses to “Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich”

  1. Yum! Sounds fresh and delicious…I’ll be making this ASAP!

  2. This is the most beautiful picture of a sandwich I have ever seen. I am making this tonight! (And I have never bought an eggplant before!)

    • Why thanks Ellen! I hope all is well! Good luck with the eggplant. Many recipes say to pre-salt it but I’ve never had luck with that. The white wine in this case keeps it really moist without extra oil.

      • I’ve never had any luck pre-salting eggplant either…always seems to come out MORE bitter. I thought it was just me; I feel better now! :)

  3. This sandwich looks amazing. I love eggplant as it is. Perfect summer sandwich

  4. I”m definitely totally fine with bringing my own food into dining establishments when good healthy options are scarce! Plus this sandwich looks AMAZING.

    Also…so jealous that you got to hang out with Cara and meet Rosalie!

  5. Love the shout out to Mass. Born and raised here but I’ve only been to the Cape twice. It’s a bit of a drive from Western Mass though. I do hope to get out there one of these days with my husband and son. I would love to visit Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I’ve never been to either.

    That sandwich looks incredible. Those are some of my favorite flavors.

    I hope you had a nice visit.

  6. Just made this sandwich. It was delicious. I used pesto instead of hummus and made my own ciabatta in the bread machine. Great recipe!

  7. Finally got a chance to make this! Got some extra eggplant and made baba ganoush to spread on the bread since chickpeas (hummus) cause trouble for the hubs. His comment: I can’t WAIT to have this for lunch tomorrow! This from a man who’s not a fan of leftovers! Another winner…thanks!

  8. My husband just brought home two eggplants and two beautiful tomatoes from the produce stand, and I desperately needed a new recipe for the eggplants.This looks perfect. So glad I was stalking your blog this morning, love your restaurant reviews, too, although we live in Atlantic Beach, it’s nice to know these things in case we’re out that way. Cheers from a fellow Florida Coastal plant eater!

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