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Grilled Eggplant Panini

A quick and easy vegan twist on a classic southern Italian dish. A favorite among kids and adults due to its ‘meaty’ texture and crispiness.


  • One large eggplant, sliced vertically into cutlets
  • 1 Cup of Soy Milk
  • 3/4 c. brown rice flour
  • Oregano, Thyme
  • Basil Leaves
  • Vegan Cheese (Optional)
  • Sliced Red Bell pepper
  • Crispy baguette bread
  • Marinara sauce


  1. Peel and slice eggplant & bell pepper vertically into cutlets, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse eggplant slices with cold water and pat dry.
  2. Open a can of crushed tomatoes and pour in a pot. Add a few dried spices such as oregano, hot pepper and basil leaves. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Mix the soy milk and brown rice flour in a wide shallow dish and season with salt, orgeano, parsley, thyme and basil.  Batter should have creamy consistency. Dip eggplant in the soy milk batter mixture and coat the eggplant liberally with breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast.
  4. Heat generous amount of oil in a pan and fry the eggplant until lightly browned and crispy.
  5. Spread the bread with vegan mayo, stack the eggplant slices and add some marinara sauce, basil leaves and vegan cheese. Place the panini on a lightly heated grill pan or panini grill for about 3-4 minutes. Flip and grill the other side.
  6. Serve hot.

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Hi, I'm originally from Uruguay - grew up in Canada and have settled in Bali, Indonesia for the last two years. I've been a passionate vegetarian nearly all my life. This passion led me to open Canada's only Italian vegetarian cafe in Toronto before moving to Bali. Besides making fresh, wholesome and fun cuisine, I also have a passion for creating visual art in the form of painting and sculpture/installation. Here's a link to my visual work

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  1. remoteplanet
    I ate a variation of this at St. Lawrence Market in Toronto and YUM YUM! Can't wait to try your version! :)
  2. kristo
    We will make this tomorrow.
  3. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
    Looks delicious! Now I want a late night snack :)
    1. monioms
      me too! late night deliciousness..
  4. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds good...
  5. Veganara
    Vote no 8. I have only just seen this recipe, although clearly you posted it some time ago now! It looks wonderful. I love eggplants (aubergines), and for another recipe using them, check out my recent post Baba Ghanoush (Smoky Aubergine Caviar) and if you like it, please vote!


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