Matt Romero’s Eggplant “Sandwiches”

Photo by Katherine Wolkoff
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  • Serves 4
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 549 calories
    • Fat 40 g
    • Sat Fat 9 g
    • Cholesterol 128 mg
    • Sodium 448 mg
    • Protein 15 g
    • Carbohydrate 36 g
    • Sugar 7 g
    • Fiber 7 g
    • Iron 2 mg
    • Calcium 126 mg


  1. Check 1/2cup all-purpose flour
  2. Check 2 large eggs, beaten
  3. Check 1cup panko bread crumbs
  4. Check 1 medium eggplant (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), cut into eight 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  5. Check 1/2cup canola oil
  6. Check kosher salt
  7. Check 4 leaves romaine lettuce, torn in half
  8. Check 2 medium beefsteak or other tomatoes (about 1 pound), sliced
  9. Check 1/2cup fresh basil leaves
  10. Check 4ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip the eggplant slices in the flour, then in the eggs (letting any excess drip off), and finally in the bread crumbs, pressing gently to help them adhere.
  2. Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half the eggplant until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining oil and eggplant. Sprinkle the hot eggplant with ½ teaspoon salt.
  3. Layer the eggplant, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese to form 4 "sandwiches," with the eggplant on the top and bottom of each stack.