Created by Sarina of Trinigourmet.com for the Kiss Baking Sandwich Showdown on Cup of Joe Caribbean
2 slices Kiss Healthy Balance 12 Grain Bread
4 slices of eggplant (roughly ½ inch thick)
4 slices of cheddar cheese (thinly sliced)
2 cups white onions, thinly sliced
½ sweet pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
6 blades of chadon beni
3 cloves garlic, large, peeled
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime/lemon zest
2 tablespoons, thyme
1 tablespoon, brown sugar
To save time, caramelize the onions while working through the other steps!
* Caramelize The Onions *
Saute the onions with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a wide saucepan over low-medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the onions and stir to incorporate.
Continue to sauté on low for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and browned.
* Grill The Eggplants and Sweet Peppers *
Salt the eggplant lightly on both sides. Set aside in a wide flat dish or in a colander for 15 minutes.
Rinse and pat dry.
Heat a wide saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the sliced eggplant and sweet pepper slices. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of thyme
Sauté for 3-4 minutes until underside of eggplant appears golden brown, with darker brown spots. Flip the eggplant and sweet pepper slices. Sprinkle with the remainder of thyme.
Saute for 2-3 minutes until underside appears golden brown as well. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
* Prepare the Gremolata *
Chop the chadon beni and garlic finely. Stir in the lemon zest. Add the salt gradually, to taste.
* Assemble! *
Lay 4 slices of the eggplant onto one of the bread slices. Criss cross slices of green pepper to form an X lattice pattern. Sprinkle gremolata liberally on top of the sweet peppers. Top with the cheese. Add the final slice of bread.
Heat a small saucepan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the sandwich and let heat through on both sides just until the cheese is melted.