Creamy Eggplant & Mushroom Monte Cristo
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 6 slices eggplant (1/2 inch thick), halved
- 2-1/2 cups sliced fresh shiitake or baby portobello mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1/2 cup garlic-herb spreadable cheese (about 3 ounces)
- 8 slices wide-loaf white bread
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add eggplant; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from pan.
- In same pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from pan; wipe skillet clean.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk until blended. Spread 1 tablespoon herb cheese over each slice of bread. Layer four slices with eggplant and mushrooms; top with remaining bread.
- In same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Carefully dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture, allowing each side to soak 5 seconds. Place two sandwiches in skillet; toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining oil and sandwiches.
Nutrition Facts1 sandwich: 573 calories, 36g fat (13g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 939mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 15g protein.
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Mar 3, 2018
Really tasty as is and easy to make, but it does take a few steps. Slicing the eggplant thinly will help it cook quickly and avoids the rubbery texture that happens when eggplant is undercooked. Ultimately, you'll have a sandwich that is easier to bite. I used shiitake mushrooms.
Aug 5, 2015
Great recipe.....especially for those who love veggie sandwiches! Marinara sauce works well as a dip.