Pressed Sandwich with Roasted Eggplant

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Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Ingredients:

2 medium eggplants

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

*1 baguette (Italian Five Grain….YUM)

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

*1/4 pound mozzarella (or 1/4 cups shredded per sandwich)

*2 cups fresh basil leaves or oregano

Preparation: 

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Brush eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds, with 4 tablespoons olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill eggplant until grill marks form (2-3 minutes); flip, and grill until tender (3-4 minutes more).

Remove and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Cut baguette into 4 pieces; slice each in half*.

Brush bottoms of baguette evenly with 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Slice mozzarella into 8 slices; layer half of the slices among sandwiches*.

Top each sandwich with 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, 3-4 slices eggplant, remaining cheese, and baguette tops*.

Press sandwiches in a Panini press or in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 481, Fat: 23g, Saturated fat: 5g, Monounsaturated fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated fat: 2g, Protein: 15g, Carbohydrates: 55g, Fiber: 7g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Iron: 3mg, Sodium: 801mg, Calcium: 251mg

Did you know….Eggplant adds a dash of color to your palate plus a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your diet.

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Be food safe! Keep cold foods at 40 °F or below, and hot foods at 140 °F or above. Foods are no longer safe to eat when they have been in the danger zone between 40-140 °F for more than 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature was above 90 °F).

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