Grilled Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella Melts

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With just 25 minutes, make easy, delicious eggplant grilled cheese melts—perfect for lunch, brunch, or a quick weeknight dinner.

Grilled Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella Melts Served With Salad on a White Plate
Photo: Charles Masters
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Yield:
4 serves

Take eggplant slices and grill them, then add smoked mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil. Place it all on (also grilled) bread, and you get a delectable and elevated grilled cheese sandwich. The best part is this eggplant and mozzarella melts recipe doesn't require a lot of time—just 25 minutes will have you munching on this vegetarian dish. Serve it up for lunch, brunch, or a quick dinner for those nights when you're short on time.

Ingredients

  • Canola oil, for the grill

  • 4 large slices country bread (1 inch thick)

  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for serving

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, halved

  • 12 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 8 slices

  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced

  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • Green salad, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it's hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush. Just before grilling, oil the grill grate with the canola oil.

  2. Brush the bread and eggplant with the olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill the bread until browned and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per side; rub with the garlic. Cut each slice in half crosswise. Grill the eggplant slices, turning occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Place the mozzarella on top of the bread and grill, covered, just until warm and beginning to melt. Top with the eggplant, tomato, and basil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with the salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

600 Calories
34g Fat
51g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 600
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1190mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 27g
Calcium 540mg 42%
Iron 3mg 17%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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