GRILLED VEGETABLE AND GOAT CHEESE PANINI

1 eggplant, cut into round slices

8 T Olive oil, more for brushing

Salt & Pepper

3 zucchini, cut into round slices

2 red bell peppers, halved, then cut into strips

1 T balsamic vinegar, plus more for drizzling

1 loaf ciabatta bread, halved

6 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

8 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature

Preheat panini maker to high.  In large bowl, stir eggplant with 2 T of olive oil, salt & pepper. Place on preheated panini press, close lid and cook 3-4 min., set aside.  Repeat procedure with zucchini & bell peppers.  Reduce heat to grill. Cut bread length wise. Brush outside of bread with olive oil.  Sprinkle mozzarella on bottom half, Top with eggplant, zucchini, & bell peppers on top. Sprinkle with basil and season with salt and pepper.  Spread goat cheese on inside of top half. Close sandwich and place on Panini grill for approx. 6 min.  Remove, let set a few minutes, then cut into 4 sandwiches with bread knife.

If you do not have a Panini Grill, you can do this on your stove with a grill pan, just press with a small pan,(weighing it down)  and turn over and do the same on the other side.

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