Fried Eggplant. Don’t resist it and don’t pretend like you don’t like eggplant. These sandwiches will prove you wrong in that regard.
- 1 large globe eggplant
- ½ cup olive oil (or more as needed)
- 4 ounce feta cheese (crumbled)
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 4 pinch salt
Slice both ends off the eggplant and discard them. Cut the remaining eggplant into 8 slices approximately ½‑inch thick; set aside.
Heat about half the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed or cast iron skillet set over medium heat until the oil shimmers and is nearly smoking. Fry the eggplant slices in 2 batches until nicely browned on both sides and softened somewhat. Don’t cook them until they’re mushy however. Drain the browned slices on a paper towel lined plate. Carefully add the remaining oil to the skillet. There should be a scant 1/8‑inch slick of oil in the pan. If not add a bit more as needed.
Place about ¼ of the crumbled feta on each of 4 browned eggplant slices, then top them sandwich style with the remaining slices. Match them up sizewise as well as possible.
Working one at a time, dip each eggplant sandwich in the beaten egg, then coat them with panko; set aside.
Once the oil is hot again, gently brown the sandwiches in the hot oil on both sides; about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Give each sandwich a pinch of salt then drain them on a paper towel lined plate a few moments. Once they have cooled enough to handle them (but are still hot) carefully wrap them in parchment sleeves. This will make them easier to eat, as fried eggplant can be quite soft. Serve immediately.