Posted by: inyomouth | February 3, 2009

Grilled Eggplant Panini (with sweet potato fries)


I saw this recipe on Rachel Ray and searched online to find it. I modified her recipe a bit but she still gets all the credit for this delicious and easy to make crowd pleaser.

sweetpotatofries3**Start the Sweet Potato Fries first so they can bake while you make the sandwiches.

I would suggest buying two bags of Trader Joe’s pre-cut sweet potato spears.

Lightly coat them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

They take about half an hour to bake.**


Grilled Eggplant Panini :


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 medium sized, firm eggplant, 8 slices 1/2-inch thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced loaf sour dough bread
  • 8 thin slices Cambozola or mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 1 cup baby spinach



1) Heat the olive oil in small pot over medium heat with garlic and rosemary to infuse flavor, 3 to 4 minutes.

2) Brush eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side to tenderize. Remove from heat.


3) Make sandwiches on sourdough bread of 2 slices each: eggplant, cheese, prosciutto and a handful of arugula.


4) Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Choose a second skillet that can fit down inside the first and get a few heavy cans ready to weight skillets. When pan is hot, add 1 flat bread, weight down with second skillet and cans and cook 1 minute, flip, cook a minute more. Repeat process with remaining ingredients.

Serve hot with the sweet potato fries that should be coming out of the oven just in time!



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