Grilled Eggplant, Sandwiches with Lemon Aïoli, Feta, and Mint
1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 loaf French bread (about 16 by 3 inches)
3 ounces chilled feta, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, washed and spun dry
Brush eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill eggplant in batches on a rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals, turning once, until tender, about 3 minutes, transferring as cooked with tongs to a baking sheet to cool. (Alternatively, eggplant may be broiled for about the same amount of time.)
In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice to make aïoli.
Cut bread into four 4-inch-long pieces and halve each piece horizontally. Spread 4 halves with aïoli. Make sandwiches on bread with eggplant, feta, and mint.
Makes 4 sandwiches
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