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.
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.
Not a boring cheese and tomato one though but an EPIC and easy broiled eggplant sandwich!
Imagine buttery broiled eggplant slices sandwiched between toasted whole grain bread and slathered with a tangy mash of avocado, lemon and feta.
Is your mouth watering already?
Don’t stop yet. Pile those sammies high with ALL the vegetables you have on hand!
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.
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.
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.
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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