Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
Thanks to: Meg Van Der Kruik
“My family LOVES eggplant Parmesan, but I am not a huge fan of baking rich and heavy dishes in the summer. Instead I like to serve eggplant parm-veggie burger style complete with a simple homemade tomato jam. The jam is sweet and tangy which really sets off the flavours of the eggplant which is smothered in pesto and fresh basil.’
— Meg van der Kruik, Beard + Bonnet
- 2 tablespoons Massel Beef Style Stock Powder
- 2-3 medium sized Japanese eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1 ½-2-inch thick rounds
- 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup gluten free panko
- Grapeseed oil for frying
- TO ASSEMBLE THE SANDWICHES:
- Gluten free buns, toasted
- Slices of mozzarella cheese
- 1 batch summer tomato jam
- ½ cup prepared pesto
- ½ cup basil leaves, chiffonade
- FOR SUMMER TOMATO JAM
- 700g/1 ½lbs ripe Roma tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Massel Beef Style Ultracube crumbled
- 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and minced
Combine the all-purpose flour and Massel Beef Style Stock Powder in a shallow dish and stir until incorporated. Set aside.
Place the beaten eggs in another shallow bowl and the panko in a third.
Dip the eggplant rounds first in the flour mixture, then the egg, then completely cover in panko. Place the prepped eggplant slice on a plate and continue the process with the remaining rounds.
Pour oil to a depth of 1-inch in a deep frying pan and heat over medium heat.
Once a few panko pieces dropped in the pan start to sizzle add some of the breaded eggplant to the oil, being sure to not over crowd the pan.
Cook until the edges are turning golden, 3-4 minutes, flip and cook another 3 minutes or so until completely golden and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and repeat the process with the remaining pieces of eggplant.
To assemble the sandwich, melt a slice of mozzarella cheese on each side of the toasted gluten free bun under the broiler. Once the cheese has melted and is starting to brown remove from the oven and spread ½-1 tablespoon of pesto on the inside of the top of each bun then on the bottom bun layer tomato jam, 2 breaded eggplant pieces and chiffonade basil. Serve immediately.
For Summer Tomato Jam
Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has the consistency of thick jam, about 25-30 minutes, and most of the liquid has cooked out. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use. The tomato jam will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.