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Eggplant and Mozzarella Melt

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil, for baking sheet
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 loaf (8 ounces) soft Italian bread
  • 2 cups store-bought tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat eggs with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Spread breadcrumbs in a pie plate or shallow bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Oil a rimmed baking sheet. Dip eggplant rounds in egg, then dredge in breadcrumbs, turning to coat completely; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake (without turning) until golden and tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, split bread lengthwise, and place cut side up on another baking sheet; press gently in centers to create a well. Layer both halves with tomato sauce, eggplant, and cheese. Bake until cheese is browned in spots, 6 to 8 minutes.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August

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Reviews (13)

  • Kihebe 28 Jul, 2013

    I made this according to the recipe with the exception of adding some oregano. The flavor is incredibly bland, there is too much bread and, consequently, the flavor of the eggplant is lost. I may try this again but I will use fresh tomatoes instead of sauce, fresh basil leaves, eggplant and cheese, sans bread. I do not recommend this recipe as is.

  • greis0221 17 Jul, 2013

    I made this recipe exactly as is with no subsituations or adding extra spices. With that being said, this dish was so bland! I love eggplant and I love sandwiches, so this would be a perfect meal for me...wrong. This melt lacks flavor. It tasted like I was eating a melt with no eggplant, just sauce, bread, and cheese. blah. Probably won't waste a good eggplant on this recipe again.

  • Spritti Bee 1 Apr, 2013

    Added wheat and italian bread crumbs, parmesan & hot paprika to coat the thin slices of eggplant. Left the peel on - yum!

    Sauteed mushrooms to layer in before covering with cheese.

    Slightly toasted the bread first.

    Added garlic powder and a dash of hot sauce to the egg coating.

    Loved this. Great way to use up eggplant. Even my non-eggplant eating family liked it enough to eat one serving. Not their favorite dish, but the fact that they ate it at all is HUGE. Even the 4 year old!

  • biologyboi 2 Mar, 2013

    This recipe was really easy and the ingredients aren't hard to find. I sprinkled Italian seasoning over the sauce and eggplant before I put the cheese on and it was delicious.

  • b3cca 29 May, 2012

    This was really tasty when we made it, but the leftovers were quite soggy.

  • elizabethreeves1 14 Jan, 2012

    Can anyone tell me why the additional pictures are not available to me? I just get the empty box w the red X? Is there a setting I need to change? I love this new addition and don't want to miss the pics.

  • kpfalt 1 Nov, 2011

    I really liked this recipe and it was so easy! I did make a few modifications. I used some homemade pizza sauce that I had leftover from a prior dinner. And I also just used some sliced sandwich bread for the base. Really hit the spot! I don't know if next time I'd bother breading the eggplant. You're putting it on top of sauce and covering it with cheese, so not sure how much of the crisp integrity actually remains.

  • carabau 28 Aug, 2010

    Make your own tomato sauce= great recipe!
    Nice to see the additional pics for recipes now.

  • Ashbird 26 Aug, 2010

    Having consumed A LOT of the 'fatty' fried version of this recipe I'm looking forward to trying it this way. However, I'll add fresh basil leaves under the eggplant and would never just use 'plain' breadcrumbs. They must be seasoned and mozzarella cheese will be fresh. Some calories just aren't worth cutting! PS I'll use a whole grain loaf to add another healthy element, cut and serve as an app.

  • gitinoam 25 Jul, 2010

    I just made this for my hubby and suprisingly neither of us liked it. We both thought that it was just ok.

  • Linda_Apple 14 Jun, 2009

    This is really yummy and I will make it again. It was a very satisfying as a main course.

  • Pebo 7 Apr, 2009

    I am going to be all over this and share with my family and friends. Love it.

  • calab 16 Aug, 2008

    Big hit and easy to put together. I pulled the bread out of the center to save on carbs.