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Eggplant Mozzarella Grinders With Tomato Spinach Sauce

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Ingredients
  Olive oil 1 2⁄3 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon Plus 2 Tablespoons)
  Spanish onion 1 Medium, peeled and diced
  Spanish onion 1 Medium, peeled
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm)
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), peeled and finely chopped
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Tomato sauce 35 Ounce (1 Can)
  Canned tomatoes 35 Ounce, crushed (1 Can)
  Fresh spinach 3⁄4 Pound, finely chopped, washed, and dried
  Spinach 3⁄4 Pound, finely chopped
  Fresh basil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), snipped
  Basil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), snipped
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Purple eggplant 2 Medium, cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds, lightly salted and placed in a large colander to drain for 35 minutes.
  Eggplants 2 Medium, salted
  Part skim mozzarella 6 Ounce, sliced / grated
  Part skim mozzarella 6 Ounce, sliced
  Baguettes 2 Medium, cut in half
  Baguettes 2 Medium, cut in half and sliced open horizontally
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Heat the oven to 400°F.

MAKING
2. In a large Dutch oven heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, sauté the onion stirring often, until it is soft and then sauté in garlic stirring constantly, until it is fragrant.
3. Raising the heat, add the water and simmer the ingredients for 2 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes, bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 15 minutes.
5. Add the spinach and basil, stirring the sauce until the spinach is wilted, season the sauce with the salt and pepper and set aside.
6. Rinse the eggplant rounds very well, pat them dry and place on 2 large baking sheets.
7. With the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil brush both sides of the eggplant rounds and bake until they are soft and golden, approximately 20 minutes.
8. With sauce cover the bottom of a medium-sized casserole, place a layer of eggplant, then layer with cheese and another layer of sauce.
9. Repeat with the remaining eggplant and sauce, finishing with a layer of cheese and bake the casserole in the hot oven until it is bubbly, approximately 15 minutes.
10. Removing the casserole from the oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes and cut into four equal portions.
11. Into half a baguette carefully place one portion and repeat this procedure with the remaining eggplant and bread.

SERVING
12. Serve hot with beverage or as a snack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Eggplant
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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