Grilled Vegetable & Feta Panini

Grilled or broiled eggplant has a meaty texture and taste that, when piled on a sandwich with some tangy feta cheese, will satisfy even the most die-hard carnivores.

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Grilled Vegetable & Feta Panini

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    1 small eggplant, (about 8 ounces) 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 4-ounce jar roasted red peppers, (about 1/3 cup), rinsed and chopped crushed red pepper
    Freshly ground pepper, to taste 2 crusty whole-wheat rolls
    1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


    Prep: 30 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Preheat grill or broiler to high.

    • 2

      Cut eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. If using a grill, oil the grill rack. Brush 1/2 teaspoon oil over both sides of the eggplant. Grill or broil until it is lightly browned and tender, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let cool slightly. Coarsely chop the eggplant and combine with red peppers in a small bowl. Season with pepper.

    • 3

      Mash feta with a fork in a small bowl. Add lemon juice, oregano, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil; blend until smooth and spreadable. Season with pepper.

    • 4

      Slice rolls in half horizontally and scoop out about 1 inch of the soft interior from each half. Divide and spread the seasoned feta in the bottom half of each roll. Spoon the chopped eggplant and peppers over the cheese and replace the top half of each roll.

    nutritional information

    5 g
    8 g
    Saturated Fat:
    3 g
    46 g
    13 g
    829 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    2 g
    2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat
    7 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    182 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin A (15% daily value).
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