Eggplant Panko Sandwich

eggplant panko sandwich
I love eggplant – especially when it’s dipped in egg, rolled in panko and then fried. I found this recipe when I was on my favorite app, Flipboard on my iPad via Matt Romero’s Eggplant “Sandwiches”.  I thought this would be perfect for when I have my vegetarian friends over for dinner. Check out this simple recipe below! Enjoy.

Ingredients Needed for Eggplant Panko Sandwich
Eggplant Panko Sandwich Ingredients: Serves 5

  • 1 eggplant
  • basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup panko
  • 4 large lettuce leaves chopped in half
  • 2 tomatoes (I love tomatoes – so you only need 2)
  • kosher salt
  • frying pan
  • crumbled feta cheese

Sliced Eggplants and Tomatos
Slice the tomatoes and eggplant in 1/2 inch slices. Cut the lettuce leaf in half or smaller pieces. Note: I put the eggplant in salt water – but you should actually lay the eggplant on a paper towel and sprinkle them with salt to let them “sweat out the moisture.” This will allow the eggplant to stay firm while you build your sandwiches.
Sliced Eggplant + Egg + Panko
Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl and put the panko in another. The original recipe called for flour, but I think it burns the oil and the eggplant takes a lot longer to cook, there are more calories for my fashionista friends, and the eggplant pieces look perfectly golden brown when just frying it in panko.

On medium/low heat, heat up the olive oil while you are prepping the eggplant. To test to see if the oil is ready, place a few panko crumbs into the pan. If they begin to sizzle, the oil is ready.

Egg and Panko

Panko Eggplant Ready for the Pan of Olive Oil
Make sure  the front/back/sides of the eggplant are covered. Then start your frying!

Once the eggplant is golden brown on each side, take the eggplant off the burner and transfer it to a pan with paper towels. Dab off the excess oil and sprinkle the eggplant with kosher salt.
Construct your sandwich
Now, it’s time to assemble your sandwiches. Take two pieces of eggplant, lettuce, tomato, basil and feta and Ta-Da!
End result - Panko Eggplant Sandwich
Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Eggplant Panko Sandwich

  1. Such a good idea to have the aubergine on the outside, acting as the bun. Great if you eat too much bread (like me!)
    Love reading good, hearty vegetarian recipes – showing the world that veggie meals can be just as good

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