I would be remiss if I let this summer pass without posting This Recipe. Are you wondering if that implies that I planned to post this last summer, but didn't? The answer to that is, yes.
But let's put the past in the past and feast our eyes on this:
What is this deliciousness, you ask? They are Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches. I think you ought to give This Recipe a try.
One medium sized eggplant
2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Freshly ground salt
One large onion
2-3 Tablespoons of butter
Whole wheat rolls
Caramelize the Onions
I really should have done a separate post on this, because I use caramelized onions on almost EVERYTHING; pizza, omelets, pasta dishes, sandwiches, it doesn't matter. Just caramelize those onions and put them in whatever dish your working on for pete's sake. Or just eat them out of the pan. I may or may not have done this myself...
Melt Butter in saucepan (substitute butter with olive oil for vegan recipe) over medium heat. Add onion slices and sauté for 10-15 min. Once onions become soft, add 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar and cook on low heat until light golden brown.
The onions pictured here are half-way done. You don't want to cook them too long or the butter/sugar combo will start to turn to a candy. Delicious? Yes. But hard to get out of the pan.
Grill the eggplant
I originally learned to grill eggplant from the good folks over at Simply Recipes.
Begin by slicing eggplant into 3/4 inch rounds and placing on a paper towel.
Let eggplant sit here while you gather the rest of your ingredients. Right before grill time, spray or brush both sides of eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with freshly ground salt.
Grill each side of eggplant on medium-high heat for about 5 min. (The truth is, I know very little about grilling. Our grill only tends to work 50% of the time. I find when it does work, the food tastes good).
Assemble the Sandwich
Spread hummus onto sandwich roll, place grilled eggplant, caramelized onions, feta cheese, thick juicy tomato slices and romaine lettuce on top. Eat.
I paired our sandwiches with a pasta salad and it made for a lovely father's day lunch. I wish my Dad lived closer so I cold have made it for him. He is the one who taught me to caramelize onions, after all, and from whom I learned much of what I know about good cooking.
I think I'll make it for him when we go home this summer. What do you think, Papi?