Aired July 17, 2014
Serves 4 servings
4 ciabatta rolls, toasted or grilled
2 large eggplants
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling plus 2 tablespoons
8 slices fresh mozzarella
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 can artichoke hearts, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
5 to 6 basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated
3 tablespoons, balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat a large grill pan or an outdoor grill. Slice eggplant lengthwise, about 1/4-inch thick. Liberally drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the eggplant slices until tender on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and top with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Tent with foil or put the lid of the grill on to melt. Cook 2-3 minutes.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, red onion, basil, garlic, 2 tablespoons oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Place eggplant slices on toasted roll bottoms. Top with salad and serve.