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Grilled Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Panini
August 3, 2010, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Recipes


• 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
• 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 red bell peppers
• 1 medium eggplant
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 loaf of focaccia bread
• 1 large tomato
• 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese

Preparation: 20 minutes

1. Prepare a medium hot charcoal fire or preheat the broiler.
2. Combine well: 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and cut into strips about ¼ inch thick
3. Cut crosswise into ½ inch thick slices: 1 medium eggplant
4. Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with 2 tbsp olive oil
5. Grill the eggplant over the hot coals or broil 4 in from the heat just until tender, about 4 minutes each side. Remove from the heat. Split in half horizontally
6. Drizzle 4 tbsp of olive oil over freshly warmed focaccia bread
7. Grill the focaccia bread with the eggplant, red bell peppers, 4 ounces of freshly sliced mozzarella, and one large sliced tomato; serve

Makes 4 sandwiches

*This recipe was adapted from All About Vegetarian Cooking 2000

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