Creamy Eggplant & Mushroom Monte Cristo

Creamy Eggplant & Mushroom Monte Cristo Recipe photo by Taste of Home

  • Total Time: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 slices eggplant (1/2 inch thick), halved
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced fresh shiitake or baby portobello mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup garlic-herb spreadable cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 8 slices wide-loaf white bread

Directions

  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add eggplant; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from pan; wipe skillet clean.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk until blended. Spread 1 tablespoon herb cheese over each slice of bread. Layer 4 slices with eggplant and mushrooms; top with remaining bread.
  • In same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Carefully dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture, allowing each side to soak 5 seconds. Place 2 sandwiches in skillet; toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining oil and sandwiches.

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SOURCE: Taste of Home