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Eggplant-Basil Grilled Cheese on Rye

If there was a grilled cheese eating contest, I would most definitely sign up first! I've never mentioned my love for the gooey sandwich but I have a serious, long-lasting relationship with it. And it won't change anytime soon. Because really, grilled cheese is just the most perfect food of all times! It is so versatile, so easy, so quick, so filling and oh so delicious! It's melted cheese between two crispy slices of bread! Melted cheese!!!! Melted cheese is the best thing. Ever. No doubt about it so don't even try to convince me that I will get fat from it... When it comes to melted cheese, I just simply don't care about such mundane things...Like getting fat. Anyways... Grilled cheese, if you use the right ingredient, doesn't contain a whole lot of calories. Eat it with a nice salad and lunch is ready :) 

So today I had an epiphany that simple grilled cheese just won't do anymore. I want grilled eggplant in it! And OH MY. It just made the whole melted cheese, crispy bread combo even a lot more delicious than it already was! I added some fresh basil leaves, a layer of mustard and it just became something indescribably delightful! 

Eggplant-Basil Grilled Cheese on Rye
serves 2 people

2 big slices of rye bread
2 big slices of eggplant
cheese - I used gouda and as much as you prefer
1 teaspoon mustard
6 leaves of basil
olive oil

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough, add the eggplant slices. Sprinkle them with salth and pepper and cook for a couple minutes each side, until both sides are golden brown. Now it's time to assemble the sandwich.

Spread mustard on one of the slices. You can spread on both but I like only a hint of the mustard.

Now add a few slices of cheese on top of the mustard.

You don't need a lot. Then place the grilled eggplant on the cheese.

Like this. Now pile on the cheese. You can get carried away. It's fine. :)

See? I kind of got carried away but that just made the sandwich even better! Now put the basil leaves on top.

Basil just makes everything taste better. In my opinion... Now top it with the other slice of rye and let's make grilled cheese!

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan you grilled the eggplants. Place the sandwich in it and lower the heat so the bread won't burn. Cook each side for about 6 minutes (put some pressure on each sides) and you're ready!

So melty and delicious!


  1. I'm so making this the inspiration for my lunch today. Thank you! I don't have any bread, I'll have to sub it with my low carb wheat tortillas for a yummy grilled eggplant-basil quesadilla.

    1. Hi Anabel! I'm sure it will be just as delicious as a quesadilla as it was a grilled cheese! Let me know how it was, though! So I can make it like that next time :) Eggplants are one of my favorite veggies and I think they don't get the attention they deserve!

    2. It was aaaaaaaaawesome, with that many a's. I love eggplant and cook a lot with it (that's the Mediterranean upbringing right there), but had never used it in a sandwich format. Great addition, thanks for the idea.

    3. Aweeeeesome :)))Then it's a plan for me too! Make some tortillas, preferably whole wheat and stuff it with eggplants and basil and cheese! Can't wait :)

  2. YUM this looks & sounds awesome, I'm a huge fan of eggplant. Love your step by step photos too.

    1. Aww thank you!! Oh ya, eggplants definitely rock! :)

  3. mmm, amazing! such fabulous flavors. what a perfect sandwich!

    1. Thank you! :) Oh really flavorful, I assure you :)

  4. Hi Csilla,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, it's nice to meet you:) You have a great blog!

    I agree, and think grilled cheese sandwiches are the best. I love this version, it's making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try it.

    1. Thank you!! :) It's nice to meet you too! I hope you'll like it! :)

  5. I had leftover aubergine from making sabih so I made this and it was delicious! Thank you.


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