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Eggplant Muffuletta

 Eggplant Muffuletta
I often rely on this recipe when hosting a casual holiday party. It's a marvelous meatless sandwich that makes each gathering special.—Elizabeth Dumont, Boulder, Colorado
18 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Broil: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (8 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 cup pitted ripe olives
  • 1 cup giardiniera
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into nine slices
  • 3 loaves (10 ounces each) focaccia bread
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 9 slices provolone cheese
  • 9 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the red peppers, olives, giardiniera,
  • 1/4 cup oil, parsley, vinegar, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4
  • teaspoon pepper. Cover and process until blended; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter and 1/4 cup

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Eggplant Muffuletta (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • oil. Remove and keep warm.
  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour and remaining salt
  • and pepper. Add eggplant, a few slices at a time, and shake to coat.
  • In the same skillet, cook eggplant in remaining oil for 2-3 minutes
  • on each side or until golden brown.
  • Split each loaf of focaccia in half lengthwise. Spread reserved olive
  • mixture over each focaccia bottom; top with eggplant, mushroom
  • mixture, tomatoes and cheeses.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Broil 2-3 in. from the heat for 2-4 minutes
  • or until cheese is melted. Replace focaccia tops. Cut each loaf into
  • six wedges. Yield: 18 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 wedge equals 372 calories, 20 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 881 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.