Eggplant Spaghetti Sandwiches - Sicilian Doppiette di Melanzane
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Eggplant Spaghetti Sandwiches are a must for Sunday lunch in Sicily. Simple to put together, it's a different, ( and totally tasty) way to present the classic spaghetti with tomato and fried eggplant.
- 350 gr spaghetti (12 oz)
- 750 ml homemade tomato sauce (3 cups)
- a handful of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
- 2 medium eggplants cut vertically into slices
- vegetable olive oil for frying
- 1 mozzarella drained and finely cubed
- 60 gr parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
- sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven at 200 C / 400 F degrees.
In a pan of lightly salt boiling water cook the spaghetti al dente, 3-4 minutes before the time indicated by the box. Drain and transfer into a large bowl.
Pour in 2/3 of the tomato sauce, a bunch of fresh basil and mix with spaghetti until combined.
Put plenty of oil in a pan over medium heat. When hot enough, fry the eggplant slices in batches ( do not overcrowd the pan), until golden but not overly crisp, about 5 minutes.
Drain the eggplant slices on kitchen paper and set aside.
Spread a little tomato sauce over the base of a baking dish. Arrange a forkful of spaghetti over a slice of eggplant, sprinkle with mozzarella and fold it as a blanket. Transfer the "sandwich" into the baking dish and repeat with remaining slices.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top of your eggplant sandwiches, sprinkle with cheese and remaining mozzarella.
Bake in the oven for 10 mins, until crispy.
Season with freshly ground black pepper, decorate with basil leaves and serve immediately!