The Perfect Healthy Woodinville Wine Date

Tuesday Recipe and Wine Pairing 

This roasted veggie on focaccia sandwich is easy to fix and the perfect picnic basket ingredient!  Prepare the roasted vegetables ahead of time and stash them in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble your Woodinville wine date picnic basket!  We suggest pairing your veggie sandwich with Gorman Wineries 2014 “The Big Sissy” Chardonnay, known for its viscosity and plush mouthfeel, yum! 

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich


1 eggplant, sliced into strips
2 red bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 (1 pound) loaf focaccia bread


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Brush eggplant and red bell peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil; use more if necessary, depending on sizes of vegetables. Place on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven. Roast eggplant until tender, about 25 minutes; roast peppers until blackened. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook and stir mushrooms until tender. Stir crushed garlic into mayonnaise. Slice focaccia in half lengthwise. Spread mayonnaise mixture on one or both halves. Peel cooled peppers, core and slice. Arrange eggplant, peppers and mushrooms on focaccia. Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap; place a cutting board on top of it and weight it down with some canned foods. Allow sandwich to sit for 2 hours before slicing and serving.


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