Go Back

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Get ready for a meal in a sandwich! Perfectly fried eggplant stacked with fresh mozzarella, marinara, and fresh basil!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: brunch, dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: eggplant parmesan, eggplant recipes, Fried eggplant, Italian sandwich, Vegetarian sandwiches
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 12 slices eggplant sliced about 1/4 inch thick.
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs Panko style
  • Sliced fresh Mozzarella cheese About 2-3 slices per sandwich depending on the size of your bread.
  • 2 eggs mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil or refined coconut oil For frying
  • 8 Tbsp marinara sauce divided
  • Fresh basil leaves about 3-4 leaves per sandwich
  • 8 slices Italian Artisan Bread Get the recipe for homemade in the post!

Instructions

  • Slice Artisan bread and set aside.
  • Wash eggplant and slice into fairly thin slices about 1/4 inch thick. For 3 slices of eggplant per sandwich slice 12 pieces.
  • Measure 2 cups of Italian panko crumbs onto a large plate. If you have plain breadcrumbs add salt, pepper, and basil to the breadcrumbs to flavor them.
  • In a bowl (big enough to dip the eggplant into) beat 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of water until mixed well.
  • Heat a skillet with oil of choice over medium heat. Let it get hot but not smoke.
  • Prepare a plate for the fried eggplant with a few paper towels.
  • While skillet is heating dip sliced eggplant in egg mix then into the breadcrumbs, then place 3-4 at a time in the skillet. Don't overcrowd them in the skillet.
  • Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until brown and then transfer them to the plate with the paper towels. If you need to add more oil while your cooking the eggplant add more.
  • Turn the broiler on high in the oven.
  • After all the eggplant is cooked, add the sliced bread to the skillet and just brown the outside of the bread to make it crispy. Add more oil to the pan if needed to brown all the bread then transfer 4 slices of the bread to a cookie sheet.
  • Build sandwiches by adding a tablespoon of marinara to the bottom slice, 3 slices of fried eggplant on each sandwich followed by another tablespoon of marinara, and slices of mozzarella. Do not put tops on sandwiches yet.
  • Place sandwiches under broiler for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  • Pull sandwiches out and add fresh basil leaves and top piece of bread.
  • Enjoy!