Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwiches

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This is inspired by a dish my mother used to make when I was younger.  Of course, she used bread crumbs and not the pork rinds I use to keep this low-carb.  Her dish didn’t have meat in it however.  This is a delightful lunch or dinner entree and is quite filling!  It goes nicely with a tossed green salad.  This dish can also be made with ground lamb if you prefer.  It is suitable for Induction, too.  Despite their name, it takes a fork and knife to eat these “sandwiches”

INGREDIENTS:

½  recipe of my Oven-Fried Eggplant (adding 1 oz. crushed pork rinds):  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/oven-fried-eggplant/ 

1 oz. crushed pork rinds

6 oz. ground beef (or lamb)

2 slices provalone cheese

2  1-oz. slices mozzarella cheese (or grated)

½ c. home-made spaghetti sauce  (I used this:  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/peggys-spaghetti-sauce/  )

2 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ¼ tsp. dried)

2 T. Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Make ½ recipe my Oven Fried Eggplant per instructions for that recipe, with the one addition of 1 oz. crushed pork rinds to the coating mixture.  This takes about 20 minutes to bake at 450º.  While this is baking, form two nice beef patties from the meat and brown them in a non-stick skillet.  When eggplant is browned nicely, remove from oven (remember, it will be browner on bottom than on top).  Lower oven to 350º.  Place 2 T. spaghetti sauce atop each of two slices (the other two slices will form the second layer of these stacks).      Next place a browned meat patty on them.  Top them with a slice of provalone cheese and ½ T. of the Parmesan.  Sprinkle on half the basil.  Now place another slice of eggplant on top.  Spoon spoon 2 more tablespoons of sauce on top.  Top each with 1 oz. grated or sliced mozzarella.  Top each with half the remaining Parmesan and basil.  I had one small slice of eggplant leftover and laid it on top of the serving simply for photographic impact, but I don’t usually do this.   Sauce and cheese are usually the final layer.  Pop sandwiches back into oven at 350º for about 5-10 minutes to melt cheeses. If the tops slide off, just push them back on top before serving.  :)  Happens all the time to me.  Cheese is slippery. :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two servings, each contains:

502 calories

31.7 g  fat

8.1 g  carbs, 3.4 g  fiber, 4.7 g  NET CARBS

44.4 g  protein

1144 mg sodium (from cheese and rinds)

27% RDA Vitamin B6, 118% B12, 34% calcium, 18% copper, 39% iron, 25% magnesium, 37% niacin, 134% phosphorous, 50% selenium, 84% zinc and 492 mg potassium

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2 comments on “Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwiches

  1. I made this last night and it was so good! this is the first time ive tackled cooking eggplant but I definately will be remaking this recipe!

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