This is a gourmet toasted vegetarian eggplant sandwich with pesto,sundried tomatoes, broiled bell peppers and cheese. These sandwiches are perfect for any time of the day and are good to pack for lunch or enjoy at a picnic on a beautiful warm sunny day.
Bread of choice ( I used torta bread from Costco this time)
1 Eggplant sliced 1/2 inch thick.( peel or no peel)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
4-6 slices of cheese like Havarti,fresh mozzarella,provolone,monterey jack.
1-2 avocados sliced
sundried tomatoes or fresh tomato sliced
1/2 cup panko crumbs
oil for frying
Season Eggplants with salt on both sides and arrange on a baking sheet or large tray.Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
Heat oven to broil.Cut sides of the bell peppers to equal four pieces.Broil peppers until the skin is charred.Remove charred skin.
In a bowl whip eggs with whisk or fork.
Heat a skillet or a frying pan on medium heat.Add about 1/4 cup of oil.Dip each eggplant round in egg, then in panko crumbs.Fry both sides and transfer on a plate lined with paper towel.
Heat oven to 500 degrees.
Spread pesto sauce on one side of the bread.Add a little amount of sundried tomatoes (if desired).Place 1 slice of cheese and 1-2 tomato slices (if not using sundried) on each sandwich half.
Arrange sandwiches (top and bottom piece) on a baking sheet. Toast the bread until cheese is melted.
Place avocados on top of the cheese followed by eggplants,and bell peppers.