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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Food Cart: The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

Hello everyone, meet Tim, the man who operates The Whole Bowl food cart, located in the heart of NW Portland’s Pearl District. Every week day, The Whole Bowl is open from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (rain or shine). Tim usually knows his regulars’ orders (including mine: big bowl with no cilantro), but welcomes new ones with open arms. If you’ve never experienced the food cart culture in Portland, OR you will soon find out that food carts are placed all over this city. Step onto 1100 NW and Glisan and you will find a long line of people craving this 10 year old establishment. See what people are waiting for and look inside one of these delicious Whole Bowls.

What is in a Whole Bowl

What is in a Whole Bowl

Ingredients:

  • brown rice
  • black and red beans
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • tali sauce (named after the founder and owner, Tali Ovadia)
  • cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • hot sauce

So what exactly is “Tali Sauce?”

Tali Sauce is The Whole Bowl’s secret weapon. Referred to by many as “crack sauce”, this lemony-garlicky blend has been building local addictions in the Pearl, Downtown and at the new Hawthorne location, for more than ten years. Sauce devotees have been known to experience a prolonged sense of well-being and tremendous relaxation upon consumption. – The Whole Bowl

Everything you see above is of course “optional.” You also can make it vegan by eliminating the sour cream and cheese, and of course it’s already vegetarian. See what one of these Whole Bowls look like!

The Whole Bowl

The Whole Bowl

Yumm right? Check out the delicious and simple menu below..

The Whole Bowl prices

The Whole Bowl prices

  • Big Bowl (16 oz) – $5.50
  • Bambino Bowl (12 oz) – $5.00
  • Tortilla Chips – $1.00 (great for dipping)
  • Soda + Water – $1.00

Note: cash and checks only. Luckily your bank’s ATM is probably around the corner

bowls

Around 95 Whole Bowls are made and sold daily from this NW location. The Whole Bowl also does local catering events and concerts in the summer time. Contact them here or visit your local Whole Bowl for more information.

pots of brown rice!

pots of brown rice!

Brown rice – the base of a Whole Bowl.

Adding red and black beans

Adding red and black beans

Then add the protein, red and black beans!

whole bowl ingredients

whole bowl ingredients

Add your additional mix-ins!

adding the mix-ins

adding the mix-ins

The end result - The Whole Bowl

The end result – The Whole Bowl

Ta-DA! The end result. The Whole Bowl.

The Whole Bowl skinny

The Whole Bowl skinny (click to enlarge)

Ok fashionistas, need to know the exact calorie count in one of these bowls? Click on the image above to enlarge.

The Whole Bowl gift card and locations

The Whole Bowl gift card and locations

I love having the option to buy gift cards at local businesses because it encourages people to “buy local.” If you have a friend that lives or works close to The Whole Bowl, why not surprise them with a gift card? On the back of the gift card it tells you where you can redeem your gift!

hot sauce selection

hot sauce selection

I don’t know about you, but my Whole Bowl is not complete without adding some hot sauce. Yumm.

The Whole Bowl logo

The Whole Bowl logo

Thanks for checking out my feature on The Whole Bowl! I was really excited to share it with you because it is one of my favorite lunch spots and I also think it does a good job representing Portland. Tim was really informative and works hard to make sure he is serving quality ingredients to his customers. If the NW Pearl location isn’t convenient for you, check out the other two locations here. If you don’t live in Portland, I hope when you do visit, you keep The Whole Bowl in mind.

Why I like it?

I think it’s a good representation of Portland. It’s local and every bowl is consistent; using healthy/quality ingredients.

The Whole Bowl has a website, but besides that they aren’t on social media networks yet. I’ll update my page once they have additional links. Check out their website for more information.

Website: The Whole Bowl

Hours: varies on location
The Bowl in the Pearl: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Downtown PDX Bowl: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Super Bowl: M-F 11:30 am – 7:00 pm & Sunday: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Price: $