This eggplant sandwich is to die for. The eggplant patty has some bite from the onions, jalapeños, and garlic – it’s sharp, sweet, spicy, creamy, soft, smokey, and extremely interesting. If you're are looking for an explosion of nuanced flavor shoved between two buns, this recipe is for you.

Eggplant Sandwich [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Eggplant:

  • 1.25 pounds eggplant
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, to brush

For the Breading:

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, fried
  • Salt, to taste

For the Breading:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
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Preparation

To Roast the Eggplant:

  1. Slice the eggplant vertically in half. Sprinkle them generously with salt and set them aside to sweat.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Line a medium baking tray with foil.
  4. Using paper towels, squeeze as much moisture as you can from the salted eggplants.
  5. Brush them with oil.
  6. Sprinkle them with more salt.
  7. Place the eggplant(s) cut-side down on the prepared baking tray.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F for 35 minutes. Then, flip the eggplant so cut side is facing up.
  9. Place them under broiler for 5-10 minutes until the tops are browned.
  10. Wrap the roasted eggplants in foil and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and blend it until it's smooth.

To Make the Patty:

  1. Sauté the onions, grated garlic, and jalapenos with a pinch of salt until they are soft. Let them cool.
  2. Add them to the eggplant and rest of the ingredients for the eggplant patty mix. Adding the bread crumbs and flour as needed to make the patty is cohesive.
  3. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and brush it lightly with oil.
  4. Spoon out 1/3 of the patty mix and shape it into a thick round disk.
  5. Once the bottom is seared and crisp, flip it over and let the other side crisp. Repeat this process with remaining batter.
  6. Dip the patties in the breading and fry them.
  7. Assemble the sandwich as you see fit.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 568 | Total Carbs: 104 g | Total Fat: 8 g | Total Protein: 17 g | Total Sodium: 364 g | Total Sugar: 27 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.