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Eggplant & Tomato Sandwiches on Toasted Ciabatta

Eggplant & Tomato Sandwich on Toasted Ciabatta

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction. ~ E. F. Schumacker

As school starts and we find ourselves rushing about to meet all the crazy kid schedules, I look back at the lazy simplicity of summer and wish for just a few more moments of rest. Just managing the schedule for all the activities makes me tired: the dance practices, band rehearsals, TaeKwonDo classes, choir rehearsals.

And yet I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I rush from work to activity to activity … sometimes several in one night. Every night we are running to something different. By the time we get home at night it’s usually 9:00 and we haven’t even eaten yet.  And I’m too tired to cook.

That’s when I need something simple. Frozen pizza crusts come in really handy. And I confess, I do buy chicken nuggets and frozen ravioli and things like that for the kids. But mom wants something more grown up.

This is simple. And it’s grown up. It’s beautiful and satisfying and healthy. I could immerse myself in the glory of this lovely sandwich while my daughter dips her ciabatta in olive oil and eats cucumber slices (two of her favorite foods) and my son eats his frozen pizza in the basement in front of the computer.

This recipe comes from Chef in Disguise, one of my favorite food bloggers. Go look at her mini eggplant sandwiches. She will tell you how to make these little marvels of simplicity.

Really it’s so simple. All you do is put broiled eggplant on toasted ciabatta bread. I added some onion.

Broiled eggplant on toast with onions

Then put on the cheese and broil it till the cheese melts.

Top the eggplant toasts with cheese

And once the cheese is good and melty, top with sliced tomato and oregano. I used fresh oregano. She used dried. Then she added mint … mine didn’t have any mint … Her sandwiches had a top. Mine didn’t. But I think they were just fine just as they are … or rather, were.

The pictures are all that is left now …

Eggplant & Tomato Sandwiches on Toasted Ciabatta

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you, Sawsan, for sharing your beautiful recipe for simplicity.

This recipe was submitted to Cast Party Wednesday.

This is a Family Fresh Cooking Happy Post.

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3 responses

  1. I want this sandwich RIGHT NOW! Your pictures are incredible and the sandwich sounds delicious.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

  2. The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

    Thank you for this eye opener
    and for making my recipe and posting about it
    Your pictures are stunning and I love the addition of onions

    August 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  3. This is a great summer sandwich!
    Thanks for sharing at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will join me again next week for another great party filled with amazing recipes!

    August 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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