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July 18, 2012

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Even tastier with celeriac sauce

The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry

  • A dollop of celeriac sauce adds some pizazz to this open-faced eggplant sandwich. Jennifer Martine

Serves 8

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium-size eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
2 medium-size red onions, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
4 heirloom tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1 loaf of rustic bread, cut diagonally into eight 1/2-inch slices
Freshly ground white pepper
Fine sea salt

Preheat a grill or broiler. Soak eight 12-inch wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and mix well with a fork.

Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss to coat.

If grilling, thread the onion slices onto two skewers each. Transfer the onions and the eggplant rounds to the grill and cook, turning once with tongs, until browned and slightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

After turning the vegetables, add the bread to the grill. Cook, turning once, until crisp and golden on the surface but still soft inside, about 4 minutes.

Assemble the sandwich by layering a slice of eggplant, a slice of tomato, and several slices of onion. Slather on some celeriac sauce, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.

Recipe from The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2012.

Nutrition

All figures are per serving (assumes eight servings). Nutritional information will vary according to the type of bread used.

Calories: 356
Fat: 15 g
Carbs: 50 g
Fiber: 12 g
Protein: 12 g
Sodium: 263 mg

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