Aubergine & Halloumi Panini | The Best Vegetarian Grilled Sandwich
We love a good toastie here at Somebody Feed Seb. Our Aubergine Parmigiana-inspired grilled is one of our favourite lunches of all time! A real vegetarian treat, our Aubergine & Halloumi Panini features layers of rich tomato (or chilli) paste, squeaky salty halloumi and slightly charred aubergine rounds. We'll show you how we make it without a panini maker as well.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add the rounds of aubergine, sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and mixed herbs, if using. Drizzle another tbsp of oil all over. Fry for about 8-10 minutes until soft and slightly charred, turning once halfway. Then remove from the pan (reserve it for later)
In a separate dry pan, add the halloumi slices and fry on both sides until browned and crispy.
Cut the panini rolls in half. Spread mayo on the bottom and tomato paste on the top half. Lay the halloumi, then aubergine rounds (slightly overlapping), dot the caramelised onion chutney and sprinkle with the parmesan.
Heat the reserved pan. Close the sandwiches and add them to the pan. Weigh the paninis down with another heavy pan, or simply place a couple of tins or a cast iron skillet on top or the top pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Then flip the paninis and repeat.
Perfect served with a green salad for a satisfying lunch!
NOTE: if you like things spicy, use harissa paste instead of tomato paste. It's gorgeous!