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Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches
with Italian side salad

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
Eggplant parmesan is total comfort food, but can take hours to make. For a weeknight friendly dinner inspired by the original, we simmer eggplant in a homemade red sauce and serve it in sandwiches with parmesan cheese. Serve these with a tangy Italian-style side salad for a restaurant meal made right in your home kitchen.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Parsley, any fresh variety - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1/4 cup, grated
  • Eggplants - 1 large, peeled and cubed
  • Sandwich rolls, Italian sub style - 4
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans
Italian Side Salad:
  • Onions, red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, roma - 4, chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine (sub butterhead) - 4 hearts, chopped
  • Black olives, sliced (1 can = 2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can
  • Mayonnaise (sub plain Greek yogurt) - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Cheese, feta - 4 oz, crumbled

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Prep

  1. Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. If prepping right before cooking, get sauce simmering (Make Step #1) before returning to do the rest of prep. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Parsley / Parmesan - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Eggplant / Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Rinse and drain olives.
  5. Halve sandwich rolls (if not pre-sliced).

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Make

  1. Heat a large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add cooking oil, and eggplant and saute until eggplant is golden brown, ~5 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add tomatoes (including liquid) and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer until sauce thickens, ~15 minutes.
  2. While eggplant and sauce simmers, whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Toss lettuce, olives, tomatoes and onions in dressing. Crumble feta over top.
  3. Toast sandwich rolls.
  4. Spoon eggplant and sauce onto rolls (it will be messy, but that's part of the fun!) and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Enjoy with salad on the side!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (105)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (18)
Vegetarian (14)

44 reviews

Delicious! Based in other comments, I only used one can of tomatoes and added one jar of pizza sauce. I also simmered everything together for about 40 minutes instead of cooking on medium for 10. I also added Parmesan on top. I'll definitely make it again!

By: Julia
Posted: Mar 20, 2016
Diet: Original
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Loved the salad, not so much the meatballs.

By: Jacob
Posted: Feb 13, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made a different side salad. It was ok - I think I would prefer to pan sear the meatballs before adding to the sauce for a browned crust on the meatballs.

By: Elizabeth
Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Diet: Original
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I added a little sugar to cut the acidity of the sauce. My picky eater thought these were delicious. He's never liked anything with ground meat before so you know this recipe is good!

By: Rebecca
Posted: Dec 16, 2015
Diet: Original
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As I was making this, the ingredients seemed so simple that I thought, "This isn't going to be good." I was so wrong! This was EXCELLENT!

By: Cindy
Posted: Dec 04, 2015
Diet: Original
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We used ground pork because it's what we had on hand. We also added cheese. Overall, good, easy meal. Comfort food, for sure!

By: Anthony
Posted: Nov 23, 2015
Diet: Original
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