Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches: Your Favorite Italian Staple Just Got an Upgrade

Hot sandwiches have no place on a summertime lunch plate, rigiht? Wrong. Oh, so wrong. Utilizing fresh ingredients, Joanne Ozug, food and travel writer and recipe developer of Fifteen Spatulas, has crafted the perfect, hot, summertime sandwich. Her eggplant parmesan sandwiches are everything you didn’t know you wanted in summertime.

Embrace the heat (no, they’re not spicy … just warm) and happily eat.

EGGPLANT PARMESAN SANDWICHES

JOANNE OZUG, FIFTEEN SPATULAS

EGGPLANT PARMESAN INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 MEDIUM EGGPLANTS (ABOUT 2.5 POUNDS)

  • 1 CUP FLOUR

  • 3 CUPS PANKO BREAD CRUMBS

  • 1 TSP DRIED OREGANO

  • 1 TSP GARLIC POWDER

  • 4 EGGS

  • OLIVE OIL, FOR FRYING

  • SALT, TO TASTE

  • PEPPER, TO TASTE

FOR SANDWICH ASSEMBLY:

  • 6 CIABATTA ROLLS

  • 1 CUP GRATED PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE

  • 1 CUP MARINARA SAUCE

  • 1 POUND BALL OF FRESH MOZZARELLA, SLICED THINLY

  • OLIVE OIL, FOR DRIZZLING

  • FRESH BASIL LEAVES

  • SALT, TO TASTE

  • PEPPER, TO TASTE

DIRECTIONS

1. Slice your eggplants into discs

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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2. Combine your panko, oregano, and garlic powder to make your bread crumb mixture

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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3. Put your flour and eggs into separate bowls

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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4. Dip your eggplant discs into the flour…

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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5. …and then into the egg.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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6. And, lastly, dip the discs into your bread crumb mixture.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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7. Fry your coated eggplant discs until golden-brown.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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8. Slice your ciabatta rolls in half, laying the fried eggplant on and salting and peppering to taste.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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9. Add a layer of grated cheese and then a layer of marinara sauce.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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10. Add sliced mozzarella and drizzle with olive oil.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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11. Sprinkle your mozzarella with a little salt and pepper.

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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12. Bake the sandwich in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes, adding basil leaves after the sandwich is toasted

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are a great recipe for an easy and delicious lunch. Crispy fried eggplant sandwiched with mozzarella, basil, and marinara sauce on a ciabatta roll
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This sandwich would be especially delicious on the grill!

If you try it out, submit your photo to our Grill Games contest, lasting all summer long for a chance to win one of three YETI coolers!

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