Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese.
Oh yes I did just eggplant parm your grilled cheese.
How do we feel about this? Horrified? Elated? Unsure?
I will tell you how I feel about it: HUNGRY.
Unrelated but sort of related: this is how toasted I like my bread. TOASTED. For nearly eight years now I’ve been rambling on about how I want my bread toasted within an inch of it’s life. Eddie would like his toasted bread to look like those slices right up there. Very untoasted.
How do we even survive in this house? I have no idea.
More unrelated and not even closely related: it’s the start of gift guide week! Sharing all of my favorites and things on my own wish list. All week long.
This is so hearty and obviously delicious. If you love eggplant parmesan AND you love grilled cheese, well I think that your day might be made.
Also, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. While I don’t think it’s very difficult to make eggplant parm, Trader Joe’s does sell some frozen eggplant parm rounds that you can trash up to your own liking. If you’re ever so inclined to buy them or if you have them on hand, you can use them for this too!
No one will mind. They are eating crunchy, saucy eggplant rounds enveloped in melty cheese and toasted bread.
Where do I even get off doing such a thing?
In more adventures of “I could never live without cheese,” you could also probably do this with chicken parmesan. Eddie wishes I did this with chicken parmesan. But I wanted to, you know, keep it veggie centric so it could be good for us.
Because this is soooo good for us.
Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese
- 1 small eggplant, sliced into rounds
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup seasoned fine breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 slices bread
- 1/3 cup marinara sauce, plus more for dipping
- 4 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
- 2 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
- softened butter for spreading
- parmesan cheese for sprinkling
- fresh basil for garnish
- Place the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, flour, dried basil, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir. Lightly beat the eggs in another bowl.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Take the eggplant rounds and dip them in the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place the breaded eggplant in the skillet and cook on both sides until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- To make the grilled cheese, heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Spread the outsides of the bread slices with softened butter. Spread the insides of the bread slices with the marinara. Top one marinade side with a handful of cheese, then press a few eggplant rounds (or only one, depends on how big they are!) into the center. Top with more cheese, then the other marinara coated bread slice.
- Cook the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and dark and toasty. Serve with extra parmesan for sprinkling and marinara sauce.
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47 Comments on “Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese.”
Woah, this looks insane. I am loving all the cheese pulling photos, looks SUPER delicious :)
thank you amy!
I love eggplant!
I use my George Forman Grill to make my Grilled cheese concoctions.( everything in the fridge and sometimes Nutella)
This will work perfectly. YUM
haha sounds amazing alicia! thank you!
WHY HAVE I NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS?!? eggplant parm/rollatini is my FAV, and this is seriously genius
That cheese though.
thank you so much ceilidh!
You just get me. This is INCREDIBLE. I need to make it now.
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This grilled cheese looks so amazing! It’s like the best of both worlds: grilled cheese + eggplant parm. Need this in my life!
thank you andrea!
I have a lonely eggplant that I didn’t use for my eggplant lasagna. It just found it’s beautiful destiny! You just made meatless Monday more appealing to the world!
ahhh yes you must use it for this!
feeling v excited about this!! i usually like my bread a little less dark, but it ends up looking like yours anyways, since i’m both impatient and forgetful (i turn up the heat and start doing something else and whoops it’s done).
hahaha i hear ya!!
Why did I never think of this before? This looks totally perfect
thank you sara!
YES! This looks and sounds amazing! This summer I made your fried tomato blt, and it was off the chain, so I’m totally on board for this eggplant parm grilled cheese
Will you be my best friend? And share this sandwich with me…pretty please?!? Soooo yum! I would love to make this tonight and my grocery store had some nice looking eggplants this week too.
YES YES YES of course.
This looks all kinds of wonderful :)
I would never have thought to add eggplant parm to grilled cheese, but it looks so delicious!
YOU DIDN’T. Of course you did. I heart you!!! Didn’t realize my life was missing this, but it totally was!
thanks sarah!! xoxo
uhhh….ELATED, you cookin’ genius!
Looks soooooo good! By the way, if you are ever in the Cleveland/Akron area, you have to check out a Melt Bar and Grilled. It is a whole restaurant of grilled cheese. Even the chicken and waffles come between a grilled cheese. They also have vegan and GF options! Highly recommend! meltbarandgrilled.com
my brother lives in cleveland and we’ve been meaning to go there for years! he loves it!
Why did I never ever think about this prior to? This looks absolutely perfect. This barbequed cheese looks so amazing! It’s like the most effective of both worlds grilled cheese with eggplant parm. Need this in my life! Many thanks for the terrific dish!
thank you so much alma!
Yes! Everything about this looks comforting and delicious.
thank you lindsay!!!
I like how you do meatless Mondays too…I love eggplant parm-combining it with grilled cheese is sheer genius!
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This looks amazing!! Next time I make eggplant parmesan I will have to try this.
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