GRILLED VEGETABLE AND GOAT CHEESE PANINI
1 eggplant, cut into round slices
8 T Olive oil, more for brushing
Salt & Pepper
3 zucchini, cut into round slices
2 red bell peppers, halved, then cut into strips
1 T balsamic vinegar, plus more for drizzling
1 loaf ciabatta bread, halved
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
8 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
Preheat panini maker to high. In large bowl, stir eggplant with 2 T of olive oil, salt & pepper. Place on preheated panini press, close lid and cook 3-4 min., set aside. Repeat procedure with zucchini & bell peppers. Reduce heat to grill. Cut bread length wise. Brush outside of bread with olive oil. Sprinkle mozzarella on bottom half, Top with eggplant, zucchini, & bell peppers on top. Sprinkle with basil and season with salt and pepper. Spread goat cheese on inside of top half. Close sandwich and place on Panini grill for approx. 6 min. Remove, let set a few minutes, then cut into 4 sandwiches with bread knife.
If you do not have a Ppress with a small pan,(weighing it down) and turn over and do the same on the other side.