Eggplant Paninis

Recipe by pamela t.
READY IN: 20mins




  • Preheat grill pan or Panini press. You can also use a George Forman grill.
  • Melt butter and mix with olive oil.
  • Peel eggplant and slice.
  • Brush the eggplant slices with butter and oil mixture. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Grill eggplant on the grill pan until the eggplant is marked and just soft, about 4-6 minutes. Turn once.
  • Remove from the grill.
  • Mix worchestershire, basalmic vinegar, mayonnaise, garlic powder and mustard in a small bowl.
  • Spread mixture on four slices of bread. Add sliced eggplant, add 1 T red onions, and a few chopped tomatoes to each sandwich ( you may use fresh tomatoes, if desired. Because this recipe was developed for a contest, canned tomatoes were used).
  • Add chopped cilantro.
  • Add 1 slice mozzarella to each sandwich.
  • Top with remaining bread slices.
  • Brush both sides of bread with olive oil and butter mixture.
  • Grill until cheese melts and bread is crisp.
  • Serve with marinara sauce or picante sauce, if desired.
  • Slice into fourths for buffet table.