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Roasted Eggplant Pesto Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Avocado and Kale Pesto.

The eggplant may sit aloof, high up on the produce shelf, distanced from the more popular veggies, but this diamond in the rough plant is one of the most versatile and fun vegetables to use in the kitchen. Underneath the thick purple skin, there is a party animal.

Eggplants can be roasted, sautéed, grilled, used for veggie burger patties, pureed into soup, made into curry and so much more.  Is this veggie chockerblock full to the brim with nutrition, like the beet? Negatory. It is, however, a blank canvas beckoning your cooking creativity.

Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Avocado and Kale Pesto

Remember that kale pesto recipe I presented to you on Food Fanatic? I made that pesto specifically for this sandwich. The roasted eggplant, melty cheese, creamy avocado all smitten on a toasty roll smeared with kale pesto is just the ticket for a delicious lunch.

Show the forgotten vegetable some lovin.


Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Avocado and Kale Pesto |

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Sunday 3rd of June 2018

This sandwich has potential. Great combo of ingredients except next time I would use a sharper cheese for more flavor. The ciabatta roll is kind of thick and buried the flavors of almost everything. Will use a thinner roll next time. I used the grocery store sun dried tomato pesto because that's what I had on hand. Perfect complement. We grilled the eggplant on the outside grill which made them kind of dry so next time will use the original recipe instructions of oven cooking them. All in all, this was a good sandwich. We'll make it again. Thanks for the recipe!


Saturday 25th of July 2015

Julia, Thanks for this recipe! I've added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share. I appreciate your help in making this index better!

Michael Penny

Sunday 31st of May 2015

Just thought I might drop a line to let you know that I've made these sandwiches a number of times. Think they're delicious and a great way to use eggplant. I used regular basil pesto and had no white cheddar so just used mozzerella though the white cheddar would be very good with this. Still excellent


Monday 1st of June 2015

Thanks so much for letting me know, Michael!! I love roasted eggplant, and don't make it often enough, so your comment is inspiration to do some more eggplant roasting. The mozarella sounds genius! Thanks again for the kind words :D

melissa d

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

i love my eggplant fried, sliced and fried - with the skin on... and i like to eat it with hummus on a sandwich - grilled - hot. that's my favorite way to eat it. i shall try this next time :)

Honey What's Cooking

Friday 29th of March 2013

I think you forgot to add the word "Avocado" in your sandwich.. HUGE SELLING POINT! This looks delectable.. you can really see those avocado slices.. and eggplant. What a combo. Nice job!


Saturday 30th of March 2013

Funny you mentioned the avocado thing - I kinda felt the same way after posting the sandwich ;) The textures are seriously incredible in this sandwich and the avocado is a big part of that! Glad you like the sando! :)

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