Get excited for Summer's bounty of produce with this quick vegetarian recipe. It's a fresh take on classic eggplant Parmesan. Instead of breading the thick-cut eggplant steaks, the bread (preferably country style) acts as a base for the open-faced sandwich. Tomato slices stand in for the traditional marinara sauce.
The entire dish is topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a chiffonade of basil. This crowd-pleasing meal is sure to become one of your staples this season, so get the recipe and read more. Eight 1/2-inch-thick slices of peasant bread Serves 4.
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
One 1 1/4-pound eggplant, sliced crosswise 1 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1/2 pound buffalo mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick
8 large basil leaves, torn
Coarse sea salt
Eight 1/2-inch-thick slices of peasant bread