Eggplant Cacciatore Sandwiches

April 2010
Eggplant Cacciatore Sandwiches

by 18 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces loaf frozen garlic bread, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  stewed tomatoes--drained and coarsely chopped, juices reserved
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
Directions
  1. Bake the garlic bread according to package instructions; keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and begin to brown, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the white wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the oregano and the tomatoes with their juices and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Halve the garlic bread crosswise. Divide the eggplant mixture among the 4 pieces and top with the provolone. Broil until the cheese is melted.
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