From: Chef Benjamin Ford, Ford’s Filling Station, Culver City, CA. Yield: 4 servings.
½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
¼ cup parsley
3⁄8 cup olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. dried crushed red pepper
¼ cup olive oil, divided
2 onions, halved, sliced
1 medium eggplant, cut in ½” slices
¼ tsp. salt
4 5” sandwich rolls (crisp crust with soft inside), split
½ cup mascarpone cheese
12 oz. thinly sliced roast lamb sirloin
½ cup mint leaves
8 oz. burrata cheese, sliced
1 cup mache
Make pesto in food processor. Combine ½ cup mint leaves, parsley, 3⁄8 cup olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and red pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook onions in 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat until golden brown and tender.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush eggplant slices with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil; sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt. Place on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Turn over; bake an additional 5 minutes, or until tender.
Spread mint pesto generously on cut sides of rolls. Spread bottoms of rolls with mascarpone cheese. Top with lamb slices, eggplant, onions, mint leaves, burrata cheese and mache.
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