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Fried Eggplant Sandwich

This Fried Eggplant sandwich is seriously delicious. Golden brown fried eggplant slices are layered between toasted bread with lettuce, tomato, and sauteed green bell pepper.

One bite and you’ll be hooked. This sandwich is so, so good!!

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If you like, you can also call this an E, L, T Sandwich with GP.

It’s got a catchy ring to it, don’t you think?

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This year we started a raised bed vegetable garden, and one of the things I was most excited to plant was Japanese eggplants.

I’ve harvested my very first crop this year (pictured below), and I’m happy to report there looks like many more (eggplants) to come.

I used one of those beautiful Japanese eggplants from my first crop to make this delicious fried eggplant sandwich, and I’m so happy I did!

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The ingredient list:

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Can bacon be added to this ELT sandwich?

By all means…YES!!

How many fried eggplant sandwiches does this recipe make?

As written, this recipe will make 3 sandwiches.

Can the lettuce and tomato be left off this sandwich?

Sure. It’s your call.

What about the green bell pepper, can that be left out?

I urge you to leave that in the recipe as it will give the sandwich a nice little kick of unexpected extra flavor.

By sauteing the green pepper in the skillet before adding it to the sandwich it will mellow out the flavor and it won’t be as pronounced as biting into a raw green pepper. Trust me.

A closeup image of a fried eggplant sandwich cut in half, with a toothpick. How to make a fried eggplant sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and green bell pepper.

The easy instructions for making this fried eggplant sandwich recipe:

  • Slice an eggplant into ¼” slices.
  • Sprinkle the cut eggplant with salt and allow to sit for 15 minutes to draw out the moisture.
  • Meanwhile in a shallow dish mix together whole-wheat panko crumbs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • In a second shallow dish, stir the eggs with a touch of water and a bit of salt and pepper.
  • In a third shallow dish stir together all-purpose flour and a touch of salt.
  • Pat the eggplant slices with paper towels to dry and dredge each slice into the seasoned flour, then into the egg mixture, and finally into the seasoned breadcrumb mixture.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the coated eggplant slices (in batches) on both sides until golden brown approximately 45-50 seconds per side.
  • Remove the eggplant to a baking sheet that has been fitted with a wire rack, and season them immediately with light touch of salt and pepper.
  • Slice and seed the green bell pepper.
  • Sauté the bell pepper in any remaining oil, and in the same skillet as the eggplant slices.
  • Season the bell pepper lightly with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 3 minutes, or until soft.
  • Meanwhile, slice the tomato and season lightly with salt and pepper, and toast the bread.
  • To assemble the sandwich, lay lettuce leaves (I used butter lettuce) on the bottom toast slice and top with a few slices of fried eggplant.
  • Top the fried eggplant with the sautéed bell pepper, the seasoned tomato, and the top slice of toast that has been slathered with your favorite brand of mayonnaise.
  • Slice and serve warm.
A super closeup of the inside of a fried eggplant sandwich with mayo, tomato, green pepper, and lettuce on a white plate with dots.

What can be used in place of mayonnaise for this recipe?

My choices were limited at the time as to what I had in the refrigerator.

That said, I think a good basil pesto would be lovely, or even a delicious garlic aiole would be a terrific choice.

And what about a good old classic marinara? That would be tasty too!

*Homemade Basil Pesto from Sally’s Baking Addiction

*Garlic Aioli Recipe from The Cookie Rookie

*Classic Marinara from Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Delicious side dishes to go along with an ELT with GP sandwich:

*Best of the Best BBQ Side Dish Recipes Roundup

*Fried Corn with Bacon (pictured below)

Fried Corn with bacon and sweet bell peppers is a delicious and colorful side dish that can be made indoors, or outside on the grill. It’s a delicious dish that will please just about everyone!

Closeup photo of fried corn with bacon in a cast iron pan.

*Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs (pictured below)

These roasted baby potatoes are creamy in the center, and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!

A brown oval bowl filled with baby roasted potatoes and dipping sauce with a garlic braid in the background.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s vegetarian eggplant sandwich option, or to be more precise, an ELT (eggplant, lettuce, and tomato) with GP (green pepper).

Yield: 3 sandwiches

Fried Eggplant Sandwich

A fried eggplant sandwich on a white plate on a red and white tablecloth with a bell pepper, eggplant, and tomatoes in the background.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Japanese eggplant (sliced into ¼" thickness)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, sliced and seeded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs plus 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup whole-wheat panko crumbs
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 6 slices Italian bread (or your favorite variety), toasted
  • 1 large tomato, sliced, lightly salted with pepper
  • lettuce leaves
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, divided

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the cut eggplant with salt and allow to sit for 15 minutes to draw out the moisture.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow dish, mix whole-wheat panko crumbs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. In a second shallow dish, stir the eggs with a touch of water and a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. In a third shallow dish, mix all-purpose flour and a touch of salt.
  5. Pat the eggplant slices with paper towels to dry and dredge each slice into the seasoned flour, then into the egg mixture, and finally into the seasoned breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the coated eggplant slices (in batches) on both sides until golden brown approximately 45-50 seconds per side.
  7. Remove the eggplant to a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack, and season them immediately with a light touch of salt and pepper. Keep warm in a low (200-degree oven).
  8. Meanwhile, sauté the bell pepper in any remaining oil, and in the same skillet as the eggplant slices.
  9. Season the bell pepper lightly with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 3 minutes, or until soft.
  10. Meanwhile, slice the tomato and season it lightly with salt and pepper.
  11. Toast the bread, and assemble the sandwich by laying lettuce leaves (I used butter lettuce) on the bottom and top with a few slices of fried eggplant, the sauteed bell pepper, the seasoned tomato, and the top slice of toast that has been spread mayonnaise.
  12. Slice and serve immediately.

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Denay

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

My husband just assembled this delicious fried eggplant sandwich for the two of us. Oh. My. Gosh. It was so delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Renée

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

My pleasure, Denay! I'm happy that you and your husband enjoyed the sandwich. Take care, Renee

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