Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese

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I thought being an adult would get easier with time. Like, I would just naturally get better at making real decisions.

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NOPE. Still bawl like a buffoon any time I have to decide between A & B.

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For instance, right now I am buying a car. I’ve been driving the same Honda Civic since I was 15. I’ve never been faced with the decision of which car to buy. My dad came home with the Civic & said “k good luck don’t die.” I didn’t ask questions. I did what was asked of me.

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So why are they all so expensive? They’re like aluminum foil on wheels, right?? It’s so stressful. I just need to get from the house to Target to work. That’s really it. I’m essentially paying $20,000 to run errands.

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Oh & we have to have leather seats so Garrett’s toots don’t ruin the upholstery.

 

 

 

Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, peeled + sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 8 oz. of mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 12 slices of sturdy, rye bread
  • Butter, for the bread
  • 1 cup of italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. of water
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Place eggplant slices in a colander with some salt + let drain for 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine breadcrumbs + 1 tbsp. of the parmesan cheese + rosemary + oregano + dried basil + S+P
  • In another bowl, combine egg + water
  • Once eggplant rounds are drained + patted dry, dredge in egg + breadcrumbs + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with olive oil + bake for 20 minutes
  • Flip + bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Arrange sandwiches by layering some mozzarella + 2 eggplant rounds + 3-4 slices of tomato + fresh basil + some parmesan cheese + more mozzarella between two slices of bread
  • Grill on each side for 3-4 minutes
  • Serve hot
  • Shove entire sandwich into face + blow me kisses
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