Eggplant.. yes please

Good Morning & Happy Saturday! Up until last night, nothing too exciting was happening over here in Kuwait. My Friday afternoon consisted of cleaning, baking, school & spending an obnoxious amount of money on groceries (Kuwait, why must you charge $9.00 for ONE bag of cheese??) 

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Once dinnertime rolled around, oh man that’s when things got good. Thursday night while I was browsing dinner recipes for the next two weeks, I came across THIS recipe (Eggplant Panini with Pesto). I was kind of hesitant about it at first, not knowing if Joshua would enjoy it or not. Surprisingly enough, he loved it! Since it was a success, I just knew I had to share it with all of you :).

Eggplant Panini with Pesto :: Serving size 2

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small-medium eggplant (6 oz.)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. pesto
  • 4-6 thin slice tomato
  • whole wheat french bread
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Preparation:

  • Slice eggplant into 1/4″ slices
  • Place eggplant slices on paper towel, season with salt, and let sit for 30 minutes (this will soak up some of the moisture); Pat eggplant dry
  • Season eggplant with pepper, and then lightly spritz with olive oil
  • Place eggplant on panini grill.
  • Grill for 8 minutes; turning once halfway through
  • While eggplant is cooking, cut bread in two 4″ inch pieces
  • When eggplant is finished, lay 2-3 slices on each piece of bread
  • Top with mozzarella cheese, tomato & 1/2 tbsp. pesto
  • Close sandwich, place back on panini grill & cook until bread is toasted and cheese is bubbling out
  • Enjoy =)

&&& now that I shared this delicious recipe with you, it’s time to go finish my breakfast… PANCAKES!!! Have a fabulous day ❤ ❤

  • Are you an eggplant lover?
  • Have you tried a new recipe this week? 
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75 thoughts on “Eggplant.. yes please

  1. Believe it or not, I habe an eggplant recipe planned for Tuesday!! It actually could be combined with yours – twins!! 🙂 thanks for sharing love! Ps. Still in Spain – Email following soon!!

  2. I.LOVE.EGGPLANT! Another one of those foods I was skeptical about my entire life and now am addicted. Actually come to think of it, I haven’t consumed any eggplant in a few months. It’s time 🙂 Great idea! Happy weekend!

  3. Wow, this sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m happy to hear it was a success for your family!

    You have a fabulous day too!

  4. To me, this sounds and looks delciious! But I know hubby will have no parts of it. By his request, there is only one food item that I’ve promised never to use, and that is eggplant. He won’t touch it. Funny, right?!? But I figure, if that’s the only thing he won’t let me cook with, than that’s okay. 🙂 I bet I could modify this recipe to use a different veggie though . . . .

  5. Ahh I wish Ben ate aubergine (eggplant) but honestly even if it was deep fried with cheese smothered all over it he still wouldn’t eat it. Sad times.
    I might try this recipe for myself though :))

  6. this sounds fantastic!! I’ve never cooked with eggplant before actually but I was just eyeing-up a recipe for eggplant “fries” that sounded delicious. for whatever reason eggplant is one of those foods that intimidates me to cook it.

  7. $9 for a bag of cheese?! Criminal!! I’m actually not a fan of eggplant -at all- but that’s probably because I had some less-than-pleasant experiences with them and it kind of turned me off. This dish looks fantastic, though, so maaaaaaby I need to give them another chance. Maybe…

  8. I have to be honest…I’ve never tried egg plant before haha. Always kind of freaked me out for some reason, but this looks pretty tasty, so I may just have to suck it up and try it out 😉

  9. $9 for ONE bag of cheese?! Oh my goodness…..I am a cheese addict, but at that price I think I would have to go on a cheese strike! I absolutely LOVE eggplant! I have a nice purple one waiting in my fridge to be eaten! This recipe looks delicious! I wish I could get the boyfriend to try new things! haha You are so lucky! 🙂

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