Grilled Italian Sandwiches

Made some good grilled food tonight. Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it:
Grilled Italian Sandwiches:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 spanish or white onion
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 loaf Italian or French bread
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBS hot sauce (I used Louisiana brand sauce)
  • 3 drops liquid hickory smoke
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 4 or more slices of provolone cheese

  1. Cut the red pepper into quarters then half each quarter, discarding seeds and stem. Cut the onion into 1/2 inch slices, and the eggplant into 3/4 inch slices.
  2. Mix the olive oil and spices together, adding the hot sauce and liquid smoke.
  3. Brush the vegetables with the oil mix and cook for 15-20 min. on a med-hot grill, brushing with oil until most of the mix is used up.
  4. If you can’t get a small eggplant, or it’s a little old, brush it with extra oil.
  5. Slice the bread lengthwise, and remove some of the bread from the top and bottom halves, making a hollow for the vegetables.
  6. Brush the inside of the loaf with the remainder of the oil mix, and the tomato paste.
  7. Line the top and bottom halves with the provolone cheese, and assemble the sandwich, using a layer of each vegetable. Separate the onion into rings and evenly distribute it.
  8. Put the top and bottom halves together, compressing the loaf until it’s easy to manage, then wrap tightly with aluminum foil.
  9. Place on a cooling barbecue grill, away from direct heat (best to do this when the BBQ is just turned off), and let sit until the cheese is melted — anywhere from 5-10 min. Turn it occasionally, and be sure the bread doesn’t burn or scorch.
  10. Remove from heat, unwrap, slice into quarters, and enjoy. Serves 4 people or 2 really hungry ones.

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