Broiled Eggplant Sandwich Recipe

Brie Norris | Toaster Oven Love

This broiled eggplant sandwich is packed full of flavorful vegetables and smothered with a lemony avocado mash. Perfect for lunch or dinner, it's incredibly satisfying!

Every so often, I find myself craving A TON of fresh veggies.

In all honesty, that craving usually follows a weekend sweets bender. Complete with five flavors of ice cream(!) and a hard sugar crash by Sunday evening.

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After years of holiday candy fests and too many batches of toaster oven chocolate cookies I can confidently state that the best medicine for any self-induced sugar coma is a good ol’ fashioned vegetarian sandwich.

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Not a boring cheese and tomato one though but an EPIC and easy broiled eggplant sandwich!

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Imagine buttery broiled eggplant slices sandwiched between toasted whole grain bread and slathered with a tangy mash of avocado, lemon and feta.

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Is your mouth watering already?

Don’t stop yet. Pile those sammies high with ALL the vegetables you have on hand!

Roasted red peppers go great with eggplant. We always keep a jar around for making tortilla pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach or our favorite roasted red pepper, carrot and hummus sandwich.

Next, toss on crunchy cucumbers, crisp lettuce, a handful of fresh basil and a few slices of red onion. They’ll add loads of texture and flavor making each bite crispy, creamy, crunchy, and bright.

File 1 Broiled Eggplant Sandwich

Now I know what you’re thinking...Eggplant? Easy? Really?

With all those rules for salting, draining, and patting dry, eggplant does have a reputation for being difficult to cook.

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But with a simple fork and the magic of your toaster oven’s broiler you can make eggplant that’s tender, browned and creamy without all that fuss.

First about the fork, cause I know you’re curious.

Piercing the eggplant’s skin with a fork keeps it from turning tough and chewy when cooked. Work your way up and down the eggplant making rows of little dots with your fork. Then cut it into ½-inch slices for broiling.

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If you’ve never used your toaster oven’s broiler, it’s a lot like grilling. Except the heat is coming from above instead of below. It's great for cooking vegetables and caramelizing broiled mango for a quick breakfast.

A Few Broiling Tips:

  • Our Breville toaster oven recommends the top rack position and no preheating for the Broil function but yours may be different so make sure to check the manual.
  • Use a broiler-safe pan. I like to use the metal pizza pan that came with our toaster oven because it fits more slices.
  • Since the heat comes from only one direction, make sure to flip your eggplant once the first side has browned.
  • The broiler will be wicked hot. Be careful and watch the eggplant closely at the end so it doesn’t burn. A blackened (as in charcoal) eggplant sandwich won’t taste nearly as satisfying.

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Broiled Eggplant Sandwich Recipe

    2 Servings

Ingredients

For the Broiled Eggplant:
  • 1 small Eggplant, 9 to 10 ounces
  • 5-6 teaspoons Oil, like grapeseed or avocado oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
For the Avocado Mash:
  • 1 Avocado, small, seeded and peeled
  • zest of one Lemon, medium
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional
For the Sandwiches:
  • 4 slices Whole Grain Bread, toasted
  • half a small Cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers in Water, drained and chopped
  • 4 thin slices Red Onion
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil Leaves, torn into pieces
  • 3 leaves Crisp Lettuces, torn into pieces

Directions

Broil the Eggplant:

  1. Use a fork to prick the eggplant all over. Apply just enough pressure to pierce the skin not jab it deep into the flesh. Cut the eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  2. Arrange the eggplant slices in an even layer on the broiler pan. Brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Flip slices over and repeat.
  3. Adjust the wire rack in your toaster oven to the top position. Turn the function dial to Broil and set the temperature on high.
  4. Broil eggplant until the skins have softened and the flesh is golden and browned, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Make the Avocado Mash:

  1. Place avocado in a small bowl and mash with a fork until chunky.
  2. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Add feta cheese and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Assemble Sandwiches:

  1. Divide avocado mash evenly among the toasted bread slices.
  2. Top two slices with lettuce, cucumbers, eggplant, red peppers, basil and red onion.
  3. Top sandwiches with remaining slices and enjoy!

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Author: Brie Norris
Recipe Yields: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 sandwich
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 232
Calories 543

% Daily Value*
45%
Total Fat 29g
10%
  Saturated Fat 2g
15%
Sodium 370mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate 53g
21%
  Dietary Fiber 17g
  Sugars 13g
24%
Protein 12g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brie Norris

About Brie

Brie loves her toaster oven so much, she started Toaster Oven Love. We're so excited to see all the yummy things she comes up with as our Toaster Oven Cooking fanatic.