Best Sandwich Ever and Marinated Eggplant

Best Sandwich Ever.

It’s a big call, and to be honest I’m not sure that what I’m about to share with you completely lives up to that title, HOWEVER, when the bear and I were living in our van we invented this sandwich and put it on high rotation. It therefore has fond memories for us both. We would often (not always) buy the eggplant pre-marinated, but we did also have an awesome cast iron grill pan that we liked to char eggplant and other things with. Then we’d hit up a park or nice spot, get out our little plates, sometimes even set up our little table and chairs and enjoy our lunch.

It’s nothing particularly fancy, but it works. It’s kind of antipasto in a sandwich – tangy and delicious. The sandwich has the following ingredients:

Bread of choice (we used some dumpster-dived bread – rye I think?)
Marinated eggplant (recipe to follow)
Sundried tomatoes
Basil (if you’re a bit fancy)

Salt and pepper

We did make versions of this sandwich with pesto, and it’s also delicious grilled with some vegan cheese.


Marinated Eggplant

1 medium eggplant
salt for sprinkling
oil for frying
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 chilli, minced
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar

Cut top and base off the eggplant, then slice longways in 5mm pieces. Sprinkle salt over the eggplant and leave in a colander for 30 minutes or so to drain. Rinse and drain.

Heat some oil in a fry pan over medium heat and fry eggplant for a couple of minutes on either side, until slightly browned.

Mix together olive oil, garlic, chili, vinegar and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place eggplant in a small container and pour over marinate. If you can, marinate for 24 hours to allow the eggplant to soak up as much flavour as possible.




  1. lysette says:

    Yay Van-wiches! My best sandwich is a close cousin to yours. If I’d had hummus on hand I would have added it too. Marinated and grilled eggplant is so good, that’s cool you’d do it on the road… now I have the Beatles stuck in my head πŸ™‚

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Van-wiches! I wish I thought of that! Hehe. I agree, marinated eggplant is seriously amazing, I don’t know why I don’t make it more.

  2. Rose says:

    Yum! I love marinated eggplant. Great combo!

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Thanks Rose!

  3. Jojo says:

    Yuuuuum! And yay for van friendly sandwiches!

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Yes! Van cooking for lyf!

  4. shaheen says:

    This sounds lovely and reminds me of one I made many years ago, eggplant studded with garlic. I have an aubergine at home, may be tempted to make it tomorrow for lunch, unless I get distracted as I often do.

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Ooh garlic studded eggplant sounds delicious! Ha – I know that feeling, I am a sucker for being distracted πŸ˜€

  5. Susan says:

    Mmmm. sounds lovely. I love eggplant on sandwiches, but so many places do a terrible job of it. Yours sounds great.

    1. littleveganbear says:

      I love it too but totally get that it can be really bad. It’s such a funny thing to cook. I hate it when it’s rubbery.

  6. lysette says:

    I bought an eggplant at the farmers market today thanks to your sandwich!

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Yay eggplants πŸ˜€

  7. Jenny says:

    Oh! I can only imagine how amazing that must taste…

    1. littleveganbear says:


  8. Love marinated eggplant! The sandwich looks super delicious. I was at a wedding yesterday and they had a huge plate of antipasti (including marinated eggplant) I ate so much of these – I just couldn’t stop.

    1. littleveganbear says:

      Thanks Bianca πŸ™‚ That sounds delicious – I love antipasti platters.

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