Capicola & Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

Capicola & Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1992

In this sandwich grilled eggplant and red bell peppers are paired with thin slices of garlicky capicola (a dry-cured rolled pork shoulder) and spicy arugula, all on grilled Italian bread.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 small eggplant, (about 12 ounces), cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 large red bell peppers, roasted and sliced, or two 6-ounce jars roasted red peppers, drained, rinsed and sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 8½-inch-thick slices Italian bread, preferably whole-grain
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced capicola, (see Note)
  • 1 bunch arugula, trimmed (4 cups)


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  1. Preheat grill or broiler.
  2. Place eggplant slices in a large colander over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse well under running water and pat dry.
  3. Brush oil lightly over both sides of the eggplant slices. Grill or broil the eggplant until tender, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon vinegar and half of the minced garlic.
  4. Toss peppers in a separate bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and garlic. Season with pepper.
  5. Grill or broil bread until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  6. To assemble sandwiches, layer capicola, the eggplant, the red peppers and arugula between toasted bread slices.
  • Note: Capicola is rolled pork shoulder cured like ham. It can be found in Italian markets and the deli section of large supermarkets.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 195 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 148 mcg folate; 15 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 3,074 IU vitamin A; 111 mg vitamin C; 69 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 570 mg sodium; 630 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (185% daily value), Vitamin A (61% dv), Folate (37% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, ½ lean meat, 1 fat

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