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Appetizers / Snacks

Eggplant Slices with Sausage & Fresh Mozzarella

Eggplant is the quintessential Italian vegetable. Grilling eggplant slices and topping with Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes are the definition of al fresco appetizers.

Makes

8 servings

Total Time

20 minutes

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Ingredients

FOR THE SAUSAGE, SAUTÉ:

FOR THE EGGPLANT, BRUSH:

Instructions

Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

For the sausage, sauté sausage in oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up sausage with a potato masher. Drain grease from sausage, then return to the pan; add garlic and cook 1 minute. Deglaze pan with wine; reduce until liquid is absorbed. Add spinach; sauté 23 minutes. Stir in Parmesan; let cool.

For the eggplant, brush eggplant slices with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill eggplant slices, covered, 23 minutes per side; remove from grill. Top each slice with 1 Tbsp. sausage mixture and one slice each mozzarella and tomato. Grill eggplant slices, covered, until cheese melts, 3–4 minutes; top with parsley.

TO MAKE AHEAD, cook sausage and grill eggplant to the point of topping, then chill. Before serving, add toppings and finish grilling.

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Return eggplant slices to the grill over medium-high heat to melt the mozzarella cheese.

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