Sunday, December 2, 2012

Baked Eggplant

I bought an eggplant last week and knew I had to use it soon or it would go bad. I know my sister LOVES eggplant so I texted her early in the week to get her recipe. She actually had two and sent me both of them. I decided to try the one that was baked since I have never tried it before. It came out really good. There was tons leftover so when I got back from basketball Saturday and was starving I threw together a quick sandwich/panini as well. So I will give you both recipes since chances are you will have leftovers to. 

Baked Eggplant
1 eggplant
1-2 tomatoes
olive oil/spray oil
garlic salt
steak seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Cut eggplant into medium size slices. Place on greased cookie sheet. 
2. Cut tomato into small slices and place on top of each piece of eggplant.
3. Spray with spray oil or olive oil and add spices to your own liking. Add different ones of there are others your prefer. I really like the garlic and herb one. 
4. Place in oven for about 15 minutes.
5. Turn oven on broil and cook for about another 10 minutes.

 Serve hot but make sure you let cool for a few minutes. Especially after being on broil!

Baked Eggplant Sandwich/Panini 
leftover eggplant with tomato
green/red pepper
daiya mozzarella cheese
olive oil
garlic salt
spray oil

Depending on how much you have leftover and how many sandwiches you are making will determine how much of the ingredients you will need. I basically just eye it and if there is some left I just eat it. You need to plug in your Georgeforeman/panini maker. (You can use a pan if you don't have one). In a small pan cook the mushrooms, onions and peppers in some olive oil until everything is soft. You can add the garlic salt and any other spices you would like while they are cooking. In the meantime throw the eggplant in the microwave for about a minute or so. You will need 2 pieces per sandwich. Once heated place on bottom piece of bread. Sprinkle some daiya mozzarella on top. Once vegetables are done place vegetables on top of cheese. Put other piece of bread on top making a sandwich. Spray your georgeforeman/panini make with spray oil so bread will not stick. Do the same with a pan. Place sandwich on cooking surface and close. Let cook until cheese is melted. Be careful not to burn the bread because it does cook quickly. Serve hot.