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Focaccia with Havarti, Arugula and Eggplant Spread

For a variation, substitute pesto for the eggplant spread and smoked fontina or pepper jack for the Havarti. This recipe also works well when grilled in a panini-style sandwich press.

Ingredients:

  • 1 focaccia bread, about 7 by 12 inches
  • 1 container baba ghanoush or other roasted
     eggplant spread
  • 1/2 lb. Havarti cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula leaves
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil,
     drained and julienned
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

On a cutting board, using a serrated knife, cut the focaccia in half horizontally. Spread the baba ghanoush evenly over the cut side of the bottom half of the focaccia. Top with a layer of the cheese, followed by a layer of the arugula, and then the sun-dried tomatoes. Season with pepper. Cover with the top half of the focaccia, cut side down.

Cut the sandwich into 8 equal portions. Place each portion in a waxed-paper bag and seal the bag with an adhesive label. Refrigerate until serving. Serves 8.

Make-Ahead Tip: Place each sandwich portion in a waxed-paper bag, seal with an adhesive label and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining, by George Dolese (Simon & Schuster, 2005).