No one in my house eats eggplant except me. I planted 4 plants this year and they are producing like crazy. Every few days I need to pick another one. Today John went to a huge all you can eat buffet called the Nordic Lodge. He gorged himself on lobsters, steak, shrimp and everything else you can imagine a buffet designed for men would have. Needless to say he came home hurting. Sorry for him....nope....no sympathy for self induced pain, that is the motto in our house. So while he laid like a beached whale on the couch, pants unzipped, moaning like he just had oral surgery without novocaine, I made myself a delicious grilled eggplant sandwich.
I will admit something. I waited for John to come home to eat, cause the way my grill lights up sometimes scares me and makes fear for the life of my eyebrows and eye lashes. It's just safer for him to do it.
Lisa's Grilled Eggplant Sandwich
1 small eggplant, sliced lengthwise
1 small onion, thickly sliced, root left on
1 slice of provolone cheese
After I slice the eggplant lengthwise I salt it on both sides over a cookie rack and let it drain for about a half hour. This will take away any bitterness and get some of the water out of the eggplant. Turn it a few times as it drains.
After the eggplant has drained, pat it dry with a paper towel and brush each side with olive oil. Slice a small onion in big slices. I try and leave the root on and kind of fan it out over the grill so it stays together. I also rub some olive oil on the onion.
TO THE GRILL! Grill the onions and eggplant turning occasionally. I just kind of keep an eye on them. While they are cooking I butter my bun and get that toasting on the grill. When the eggplant comes off the grill I sprinkle it with a wee bit of parmesan cheese, get it on the bun, layer in the onions and some fresh basil and then top it off with a nice slice of provolone.
This is one of my favorite sandwiches and I never have to share it with anyone!