Friday, September 17, 2010

Delicious Sandwich and a Recipe!!

Sometimes you just want a delicious sandwich for lunch. Especially when your husband got to go to Jason's Deli like three times this week. So what's a mama to do? Make one! This is a roasted eggplant and red pepper sandwich on a fresh baguette roll, spread with a white bean and sundried tomato dip.

You could make one too! It's pretty easy, maybe just a tiny bit time consuming though. But if you're hanging around the house, it's perfect. You can make your own bread or get some from your local farmer's market (or the store in a pinch). I sliced the eggplant into about 1/2" slices, salted the slices, then let them sit on a plate (this gets rid of the bitterness). I squished the slices with a towel to soak up the moisture, then placed them on an oiled cookie sheet, along with strips of red pepper. The cookie sheet goes in a 425 degree oven for around 20 minutes (just peek at it once in a while, flip about halfway through, bottoms should be brown when flipped).

While you're roasting your veggies, make up your sandwich spread:

White Bean and Sundried Tomato Sandwich Spread

This makes a freakton, but it's also good as a veggie or cracker dip.

2 cups white beans

4-5 sundried tomatoes, soaked for about half an hour in a cup of hot water and drained (reserve the liquid)

2 cloves garlic, peeled of course

salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp should do it)

1-2 tsp dried garlic chutney (you can get this at an Indian grocery store...don't have it? Try a pinch of cayenne...this sauce is good with a little kick)

Put everything but the soaking liquid in a food processor. Add a few splashes of soaking liquid and get the processor going. Add liquid until you get a consistency you like. Taste and season as needed.

When your veggies are done, assemble your sandwiches. Slice the baguette in half, spread the White Bean and Sundried Tomato spread on the slices. Layer roasted eggplant and red pepper on the baguette, adding some vegan cheese if you wish (I wished). Slap that bread together, get a napkin, and enjoy!

I think you could add other veggies to this sandwich if you like. I'd love to try it with some roasted zucchini, and maybe I'd put some sprouts on there too. Om nom nom nom. :)

Oh!!! I totally forgot to snap a picture of dinner last night, but I made seitan nuggets and mashed sweet potatoes. See? I have to practice this Taking Pictures of your Food thing because I forget. Happy Friday, y'all!

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