Summer Gourmet: Garlicky Eggplant-Tomato Sandwiches

I could’ve used my 800th post on something worthwhile like my thoughts on health-care or bitching about the first day of school moving even closer to the last day of school, but I’ll post another recipe. After all, the health-care is not going anywhere and school already started, but the eggplant season may be over at any time.

This is probably the simplest recipe you will find on this blog. You will need only 6 ingredients: eggplant, tomatoes, flour, (olive) oil, garlic and salt.

When picking an eggplant try to get an evenly shaped one so the slices are similar in size. Slice the eggplant in about 1/4 inch slices.

Dust with flour on both sides…

…salt lightly and place in the skillet on medium-low heat with a pretty decent amount of oil in it. If you salt the eggplant beforehand it will start losing liquid and shrivel.

Cook eggplant on both sides. It doesn’t need to brown, just poke it with a knife or a fork, if it easily goes in – it’s ready. Remove on paper towels and cook another batch.

The eggplant seems to soak up great quantities of oil, keep adding as needed. While the eggplant is cooking, slice some ripe tomatoes.

Assemble the final product-a slice of eggplant, a slice of tomato, pressed garlic to taste.

I ate everything you see on this plate by myself in one setting.

This could be a side-dish, or a Hors d’Ĺ“uvre, also called “zakuska” in Russian – something that goes well after a cold shot of vodka. Just as good or better on the next day. Keep refrigerated.

Now pour yourself an aforementioned shot of vodka, drink it, eat an eggplant-tomato sandwich. Do you still want to argue about health-care or schools? Repeat. How about now? I didn’t think so. At this point you would start singing a Russian folk song but since you can’t how about this one, it sounds equally stupid.

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  • I’ll pass on the vodka; yuck. Might try the sandwich one of these days. My one eggplant plant is just coming into its own. We had eggplant Parmesan yesterday, and I told Cliff it was so good, I felt like we ought to be eating it in some high-priced restaurant. I sent two eggplants home with my daughter, and there are four on the plant about half-grown.

  • Speaking of good with vodka, Nataliya made salt fish last week. You Russkis sure know a thing about vodka-pairing.

  • OK, I was into this post. I love eggplant, and tomato, and garlic, and, and, and…My mouth was watering.

    and then…

    and then…

    And then you had to go and insult Jason Aldean! OK, I forgive you. That is a very hick country song (probably why I like it) and it is so OBVIOUSLY not about a tractor. Anywho, thanks for the idea. I’ll try this tomorrow!

  • I was listening to a country station all day Tuesday maybe for the first time in my life. I thought it was funnier than Comedy channel.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I couldn’t eat the eggplant cold but hot off the stove, yummmmm.

  • OK, I fixed myself two of these a while ago. Very yummy, but when Cliff crawls in bed at 4 A.M., he’s going to say, “My GOD, you’ve been eating garlic!”

    See, normally if I plan of having large amounts of garlic, I make sure he has some too; that way he is none the wiser.

    Oh, and I don’t buy vodka. Yuck. But I had a glass of white wine with it, and it served the purpose just fine.

  • Donna,you became my only recipe tester.