Seeds germinate in 7 to 10 days. You’re making me want to watch it again. And then we’ll dive in to some of your pecan toffee bars! Place the peppers cut side down on a greased foil lined baking sheet. Transfer eggplant to a baking sheet without the slices touching one another. This sounds great! © 2020 Chicago Botanic Garden. Hi Uma, I hope you love the sandwiches! 4 servings (serving size: one-fourth loaf). You'll never miss the meat in this cheesy Italian vegetable sandwich. I LOVE that movie! Eggplant thrives in heat and is very sensitive to cold. To grow eggplants, sow seeds indoors, 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, 6 weeks before the Chicago area's average last frost date of May 15. When the grill is hot, grill eggplant about 7-8 minutes, turning once half way through. Your email address will not be published. Place bell pepper rings and onion slices on another baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Funny you mentioned the avocado thing – I kinda felt the same way after posting the sandwich The textures are seriously incredible in this sandwich and the avocado is a big part of that! I’ve successfully found a handful of eggplant dishes that I love, including these bomb Balsamic Roasted Eggplant, Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwiches. Sounds like a fun day to me! Your email address will not be published. Today they are staple ingredients in Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. And like something I might pay $12 for at a sandwich shop. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each half of bread. Grilled Mushroom, Eggplant Sandwich Plant-Based Cooking basil leaves, portobello mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, eggplants and 1 more Christine Manfield's eggplant sandwich Gourmet Traveller goat, basil pesto, rocket, red capsicum, vegetable oil, aged balsamic vinegar and 2 more I’m pretty amazed at how well the kale pesto turned out. Slice lengthwise in half. Cut sandwich into 4 pieces, and serve immediately. Sadly, it’s always been pretty low on my veggie liking list. The eggplant may sit aloof, high up on the produce shelf, distanced from the more popular veggies, but this diamond in the rough plant is one of the most versatile and fun vegetables to use in the kitchen. When eggplant is finished cooking, add eggplant on top of the pesto side. I am in love. As seedlings grow, transfer to 4-inch pots. Native to India and southeast Asia, eggplants were introduced to Europe in the 6th century by Moorish invaders. We grilled the eggplant on the outside grill which made them kind of dry so next time will use the original recipe instructions of oven cooking them. Any eggplant lovers out there? And I love the animated gif. Will use a thinner roll next time. Set aside. Take another toasted slice of bread and spread pesto sauce on one side and place it on top of the eggplant. Add bell pepper and onion to oven with eggplant; bake at 450° for 10 minutes; turn bell pepper and onion slices over. 6 ounces Boursin cheese. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Top with the roasted eggplant, roasted bell peppers, fresh mozzarella and arugula. Repeat seasoning process with bell pepper and set aside. Thanks for the delicious inspiration. Remember that kale pesto recipe I presented to you on Food Fanatic? and julienne bell pepper. ha thanks! There are no wrong answers here…. Copyright © 2020 Love and Lemons, LLC. The best Balsamic Roasted Eggplant, Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwiches with roasted bell peppers & arugula are a quick, easy & so delicious! The plate is from West Elm, but I got it at least 3 or 4 years ago (maybe try searching ebay or second hand items on etsy? Grilled Eggplant and Pesto Sandwich. These are beautiful and I am so happy that there’s a vegan possibility , Love the addition of arugula to the pesto. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over bell pepper and onion; toss to coat. The eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, along with tomatoes, peppers and tobacco. Ah, eggplant. 1/2 ounce fresh basil (chopped) 4 French baguettes. I love eggplant, and kale pesto sounds lovely! I took the vegan route and stuck with avocado- delicious! Thank you for sharing! We’ll make it again. Place eggplant in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Eggplants can be roasted, sautéed, grilled, used for veggie burger patties, pureed into soup, made into curry and so much more. Place organic heirloom tomatoes,onions,Swiss chard, and eggplant. Love! It is imperative your eggplant is cooked through. Bake at 450° for 3 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted. Note: To roast the vegetables in one oven, use both racks. This sounds so good! You can assemble your sandwich like I did, or put the ingredients on a platter so everyone can make whatever combo they like. Whether you're cooking for yourself or for a family, these easy dinners are sure to leave everyone satisfied and stress-free. Love that GIF! Info. We love it! Step 3 . Thank you for this sandwich inspiration!!! I piled on some roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella.