Crispy fried eggplant sandwiches made with creamy vodka sauce and a vibrant arugula pesto all made in house topped with fresh mozzarella served in a fresh baguette.
This sandwich is packed with delicious flavourful sauces with a crisp crunchy bite from the eggplant that’s served with fresh bread. It’s a healthy-ish sandwich that uses loads of fresh ingredients and vegetarian friendly.
Both sauces can absolutely be made ahead. The arugula pesto is the easiest as it requires all the ingredients to be added whole into a food processor. Since it’s served cold it can simply be stored in the fridge until ready to serve. Pesto is also a great topping to keep in the fridge as it can be used for numerous types of meal, especially in the summer time when those gardens are in full bloom.
The vodka sauce can also be made ahead and reheated stovetop. Simply make without the cream and stir that in only when reheating. You may need to add a bit more water and or cornstarch to get the perfect consistency. But either way it will be just as tasty.
We understand that this might seem like a lot all for a simple sandwich especially if making everything in 1 go. The great thing about this, is that both the arugula pesto and vodka sauce can be doubled and re-used for future meals. So you’ll be saving yourself in your next meal and that’s always a bonus. By doing this, we suggest doubling the ingredients for each sauce to leave you lots leftover.
Now, what to make with these leftover sauces? Well for a similar recipe- check out our Eggplant Caprese Stack. Other things you could make is pasta using either one of the sauces or both. Toss the pasta in the vodka sauce and serve it with a few dollops of pesto on top! Pesto is great for sandwiches, wraps, as a dip with veggies or crackers or as a salad dressing mixed with a bit more oil.
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