Thursday, September 3, 2009

the cheesier the better, pesto tomato sandwich

ingredients: basil pesto
yummy crunchy bread of your choice thats good for toasting
-foccacia bread, dutch crunch, or sourdough
purple eggplant (just try it, its good!)
**for picky eaters, you can choose chicken or turkey, or no
meat at all.
sliced mozzerella or havarti cheese.
**(both are melty and gooey and will work quite nicely)
olive oil
lemon pepper

-If using eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch thick round slices.
**Before grilling, fix your bread so it is ready when the eggplant is ready.
-set oven to broil (about 500 degrees)
-on bread, not toasted, smooth pesto over both peices of bread on one side, then place a generous amount of cheese.
*about 1/4 cup shredded or two slices sliced.(use your best judgement for full effect of how cheesy you like to be.)
-place garnished bread pieces pesto up and not put together in over until brown. on the middle rack. KEEP A CLOSE EYE!! BROIL COOKS THEM FAST!
-NOW GRILL EGGPLANT in a medium heat skillet.Add a generous amount of olive oil to the pan until bottom is coated.
-add lemon pepper or salt and pepper to both sides of the eggplant.
-Grill on both sides and flip when brown, or until softened to your liking (Some like it crunchier or softer than others).
**DONT CRANK UP THE HEAT. the eggplant will burn or not be cooked all the way inside. keep the heat mellow and you will be good.
**for chicken, cook until no longer pink in the middle.same heat setting.
-after egglant is grilled and done, put sliced tomatoes on one side of sandich, and then grilled eggplant on the other.
-push the two pieces together and put back in oven to broil and toast for about 2 mins on each side.
-cut in a diagonal and serve. YYYUUUMMM!!!

***This sandwich is easy and pretty healthy. Cheese is good for the dairy in your life. Pesto is high in fiber. tomatoes are just plain good for you, and I think low carb diets were invented by party poopers and people who dont enjoy life so dont listen to those dumb diet rules...BREAD IS GOOD FOR YOU! Pick whole grains and you are good to go. Plus eggplant is a veggie, and if you use lean chicken it is protein. So knock yourself out with this one, and feel good about it!

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