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.
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!
For the grand finale – Mouth-Watering Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich!
Roasted Eggplant & Marinated Tomato Sandwich
Inspired by the Corner Store, Chatham Mass
Vegan (use Gluten Free bread for gluten free sandwich)
4 small tomatoes such as plum tomatoes
1/3 cup your favorite Annie’s Dressing, such as Balsamic Vinaigrette**
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
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
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!
Amount Per Serving
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!