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 Panini Grill, you can do this on your stove with a grill pan, just press with a small pan,(weighing it down)  and turn over and do the same on the other side.

About Mary Moccia

Mother, wife, friend, but most of all Gram! Love learning the craft of cooking and food preparation and expanding my knowledge by using my palate and creativity!
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