Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

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1 asian (slender) eggplant
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tomato, sliced
2 thin slices vidalia onion or other sweet onion
3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
3 or 4 fresh basil leaves
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
2 tablespoons freshly grated italian parmesan cheese

Trim the ends from the eggplant and thinly slice crosswise. Discard the end slices that are covered on one side with skin. In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the eggplant and cook, turning once, until tender and golden, 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

Slice the focaccia in half horizontally. Lay the bottom half, cut side up, on a cutting board. Arrange the eggplant slices on the bottom half. Top evenly with the tomato, onion and mozzarella slices and the basil leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top. Place the other half of the focaccia on top, cut side down, and press down firmly with the palm of your hand. Cut the panino in half or in quarters for easier eating and serve.

Serves 2

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