Sandwiches, Veggies

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

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Everyone has heard of eggplant parmesan and no family has had more of their share of this dish than mine but I still can’t help going back to it when I see a beautiful eggplant sitting there starring at me in the grocery store- beckoning me to take it home and slather it with cheese and marinara sauce.

I thought to myself, “Okay this is the last time I will do eggplant parmesan, I swear!” as I proceeded to grab the beauties! Then it hit me- Sandwich King. No, the sandwich king didn’t physically hit me but it popped in my mind and I thought about doing a twist on eggplant parm and making it into a sandwich. With a delectable loaf of scali bread in my hand and a pound of fresh parmesan cheese I proceeded to the check out line with my happy little self in hopes of shining a new light on this classic dish.

Yes, this dish has been done before but I can promise this version will live up to be a favorite. My amazing one stop shop marinara sauce that I swear by paired with the lightly breaded eggplant is just heavenly. After crisping up the eggplant, I topped it with the sauce and cheese and then baked them until everything was joined at the hip and living all happily together.

The key to a perfect eggplant sandwich is to make sure the eggplant is completely dried before you lightly fry it. By dry I mean DRY! Like pat it, leave it, pat it again, leave it and then you guessed it- pat it again! This allows the breading to not only stay in place but gives you that perfectly crisp coating people only dream about-or am I the only one who dreams about the perfect crispy coating???? Anyway, regardless of that, whether you want to make a sandwich or pasta with the eggplant let’s say this together- DRY THE EGGPLANT!

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Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Ingredients:

2 large eggplants

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup milk

2 cups bread crumbs ( I used half panko and half regular bread crumbs)

2 cups marinara sauce (Click here for my zesty marinara sauce)

4 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP butter

1 TBSP garlic powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp oregano

16 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions:

Cut each eggplant in half and then cut 1/2 inch slices. Wash the eggplant then pat dry, continue to pat the eggplant dry three or four time before seasoning it. Sprinkle the eggplant with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Season your breadcrumbs with the garlic powder, red pepper flakes and oregano. Dredge each slice in the egg mixture and then the breadcrumbs. Melt your butter and olive oil in a large saute pan over the stove on medium heat. Saute each eggplant slice for about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate to cool.

Once all of the eggplant slices have been sauteed/cooked then its time to get to layering our dish. Pour half of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the skillet, then layer the eggplant in, spoon the remaining sauce over the eggplant then sprinkle with the cheese. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approx 10-15 minutes until cheese is completely melted.  Serve on toasted buns or bread of your choice.

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51 Comments

  1. Joanne

    Eggplant parm is hands down FOR SURE one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. Throw it on a sandwich – even better!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  2. Ashley

    Oh my, this looks so good! The bubbly. golden cheese is mouthwatering!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  3. Three-Cookies

    What a coincidence – I just had eggplant sandwich for lunch couple of hours ago, and there is some leftovers within arms reach. And this is the first time in my life I think that I had eggplant sandwich, it wasn’t eggplant parmesan though – thats an upgrade:)

    12 . Oct . 2011
  4. erica

    I have never had eggplant before but this recipe really has me wanting to try it. Yum!

    xo

    12 . Oct . 2011
  5. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Those sandwiches look ah-mazing! Look at all that cheese and sauce. Yum!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  6. Mary

    I am seriously craving one of these right now – it looks SO good – love big sandwiches with great flavor –
    Mary x

    12 . Oct . 2011
  7. lindsay

    this looks ah-mazing! i love eggplant! this might have to make an appearance for dinner one night soon!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  8. Jen BA

    Heavens! This looks amazing. It combines some of my favorite things – eggplant parm and bread!!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  9. Elsa

    Goodness, even the bread looks amazing! I love this idea, I’ll have to save it to try next time I get some eggplant.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  10. Sandie

    You are one of the sweetest gals out there! Always with the kind word, it is much appreciated.
    BTW, eggplant parm is my husbands FAVORITE meal!! And leftovers on a hero the next drives him right over the edge… Your sandwich looks awsome, but I have to make sure he doesn’t see it or I’ll be making tonight….
    Best, Sandie

    12 . Oct . 2011
  11. lena

    i love eggplants and i like the way you made this with the cheese, wish i can just take a bite here!! this sandwich looks amazing!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  12. Shawn

    I just love popping onto your site and realizing what I’ll be having for lunch or dinner!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  13. The Elegant Eggplant

    Wow… this looks absolutely delicious! New to your blog and I absolutely love it, by the way 😉

    12 . Oct . 2011
  14. The Slow Roasted Italian

    This looks fabulous! Love Jeff Morrow, and even when I don’t watch the FN, the concepts of certain show stick with me… Like his.

    BTW, I don’t dream of perfect crispy coating, I think that may be a southern thing. I dream of the perfect cake.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  15. Marina @ Yummy Mummy

    Yum! We are big eggplant parmesan fans in this family. Some good crusty bread makes it SO much better.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  16. yummychunklet

    This looks so delicious for lunch right now! My stomach is growling!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  17. The Food Hunter

    Now I am craving one of these sandwiches… 🙂

    12 . Oct . 2011
  18. Collette Osuna

    Wow, does this look good or what?? Ima vegetarian always looking for new things to try….your recipe is on my list:)


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    12 . Oct . 2011
  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Oh Jessica, don’t promise, I don’t mind more eggplant Parmesan recipes!! I love eggplant and putting in sandwich is great. I need someone to eat this with me. My kids probably don’t want eggplant in their sandwich (gosh, why not!) and my husband insists to have some kind of meat in it (it’s okay to skip one time!). If you are my neighbor I’d beg if you can invite me when you cook this….or I invite you! 🙂 Looks so good – simple yet juicy and delicious!!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  20. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    that eggplant looks perfectly crispy and delicious! i’m usually on the fence about eggplant, but i would definitely give this beautiful sandwich a try!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  21. Geni

    I have never, ever seen more appealing and delicious looking eggplant EVER! I love the idea of turning it into a sandwich and can’t wait to serve this to my bookclub soon. They will love it.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  22. sportsglutton

    This looks absolutely fabulous and I don’t even care for eggplant that much! Simply delicious.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  23. Tina(PinayInTexas)

    What a truly mouthwatering sandwich, Jessica! I love eggplant but I must be honest in saying that I haven’t tried it in sandwich! Thanks for the idea!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  24. Laural @ Being Healthier

    …. ” DRY THE EGGPLANT” ….

    I pay attention, straight A student. 🙂 awesomeness in a sammie

    12 . Oct . 2011
  25. Valerie

    Now this is what I call YUMALICIOUS!!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  26. daphne

    Look at that cheesy goodness!!! I can almost see juice coming out of the sandwich!!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  27. kelli

    This is truely heaven on earth! U are the bomb.com!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  28. Shea

    This looks heavenly! Believe it or not, I’ve never made Eggplant Parm before, but this may change that!

    12 . Oct . 2011
  29. Erica

    Drooooooooooool! Why does my husband not like eggplant? Its pure craziness. We may need to have a parm night (eggplant for me, chicken for him!)

    12 . Oct . 2011
  30. Reem | Simply Reem

    Oh this looks so addictive!!!
    That gooey bubbly cheese is to die for…
    YUM.

    12 . Oct . 2011
  31. Kristy

    I happen to have several eggplants in the fridge right now. I’m glad the sandwich king hit you. 😉

    13 . Oct . 2011
  32. Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    Delicious, Jessica. It looks mouth watering, even at 6am! I do adore egg plant!

    13 . Oct . 2011
  33. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    You are a genious!
    I am making this ASAP..thank you for the great idea

    13 . Oct . 2011
  34. kitchen flavours

    Wow! This looks so delicious! Wish I had this for my lunch today! 🙂

    13 . Oct . 2011
  35. nancy at good food matters

    Yum! Especially tempting photos today. yes, you gotta sweat the eggplants, and dry ’em off for best results. this is a favorite sandwich in our household—and I don’t make it often enough.

    13 . Oct . 2011
  36. Karen Xavier

    This looks great, I love sandwiches/ subs of any kind… they are so easy to put together and this one is sure to taste great with all that marinara sauce and the eggplant.

    13 . Oct . 2011
  37. Caroline

    Love the sandwich king (glad he won), and love that you thought to make this into a sandwich. Wonderful idea for a delicious meal! The photo of the cheesy eggplant in the cast iron skillet is perfect. 🙂

    13 . Oct . 2011
  38. Bree

    I could go for this right now. Looks fabulous!

    13 . Oct . 2011
  39. anthony stemke

    Eggplant parmesan is a wonderful thing, I insist on crispness.
    I don’t like to wash or rinse eggplant. After slicing, I salt it liberally. Let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes and wipe off the moisture with a towel.
    After breading lay the slices down, preferably on a rack. This will ensure crispness.
    I must say, that bread looks terrific.

    13 . Oct . 2011
  40. 2 sisters recipes

    This is my favorite sandwich in the whole world… how did you know? I’m lovin it and now I have a craving I will have to make some this weekend! Thanks for a reminder ! 🙂

    13 . Oct . 2011
  41. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh my goodness eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite dishes to eat!! I have never thought about making it as a sandwich but this just looks down right delicious!!

    13 . Oct . 2011
  42. Alli

    You may be the sandwich queen. I die for eggplant Parmesan.

    13 . Oct . 2011
  43. Blond duck

    I’m totally craving Italian now.

    14 . Oct . 2011
  44. Greg

    Looks better than BBQ! Seriously, awesome creation there.

    14 . Oct . 2011
  45. Linda

    I for one can never have enough eggplant dishes! And every variation of eggplant parm is good for me!! And this is a mouthful!! Oh my! I could so see this for the next football game party!! And don’t worry, I will DRY my eggplant first!!! Thanks for the great tip!!!

    14 . Oct . 2011
  46. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I LOVE eggplant parmesan. Not a huge fan of eggplant plain, but throw some cheese on it and oh my god… so good!

    14 . Oct . 2011
  47. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Eggplant parm is my favorite way to eat eggplant, and this sammy looks super yummy. I will remember to dry the eggplant! 🙂

    14 . Oct . 2011
  48. Sarah

    Love eggplant with pasta so I know I will love it with that amazing bread- where can I find that type of bread- it looks so good and perfect for this sandwich

    17 . Oct . 2011
  49. Corey

    I saw the sandwich king in person when I was in NY a few weeks ago and he is so amazing- so full of energy and sweet. So funny you are talking about him in this post! The sandwich looks wonderful- i am sure he would be proud

    17 . Oct . 2011
  50. Sammy

    Wow! I made this last night and it was truly fantastic! no lie- you are a genius

    30 . Oct . 2011
  51. Canalcook

    Gorgeous, I had one of these in Carmel years ago, have to try making this

    06 . Nov . 2011

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