Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Panini



Here comes yet another panini recipe. This was inspired by a goat cheese sandwich recipe I saw on Barefoot Contessa on food network. It does need a few special ingredients but the end result is really yummy.
Ingredients:
  1. Ciabatta bread
  2. Kalamata olive spread - 2 tsps
  3. Red pepper - 1 sliced thin
  4. Eggplant - 1 cup of small chopped cubes
  5. Dried oregano - 1 tsp
  6. Dried thyme - 1/2 tsp
  7. Olive oil - 2tsp
  8. Balsamic vinegar - 2 tsps
  9. Mozzarella - 3 slices per panini
  10. Salt
  11. Pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix the red peppers and eggplant with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme and drizzle of olive oil and spread on a tray lined with aluminum foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool for 10 mins.
  2. Slice the ciabatta bread through the middle and spead the kalamata olive spread on both the slices.
  3. Layer on slice with the cheese, eggplant and red pepper. Sprinkle salt and black pepper and top with other slice. Heat in panini press until done.
  4. Prepare a vinegarette with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Once the panini is done, open the sandwich slightly and drizzle with the balsamic vinegarette. Eat while it is hot and it lasts :)

4 comments:

Asha said...

Makes a great picnic item, huh? Looks delicious! :)

You can send this to Trupti's event "Picnic eats".

Vinitha said...

very cool.....panini pe panini....good going :)...I will definitely try one of these.....

Vindhya said...

looks very nice....I have seen this panini press in my office cafe....

Usha said...

Looks delicious !