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Roasted Eggplant, Pickled Red Onion and Boursin Sandwiches

Despite having lived in Boston for almost a decade, I always refer to New York as “The City”. This is what we’ve called it since we were kids. “I’m going to have dinner with friends in The City.” or “We’re going into The City to see a show.”   It sometimes confuses my Boston friends when I say this. Aren’t we in The City? No. We’re not. Sorry.

Eric and I went down for the weekend, a somewhat spontaneous trip. Often, we bypass New York and head straight to Jersey to see my family. But when my parents were on the Cape with us a few weeks ago, they mentioned that they were seeing Pippin on Broadway and, if we wanted, they’d get us tickets (best parents ever, right?).  So, we came in Friday night, stayed with our friend on the Upper West Side, and went to see the show on Saturday. Let’s just say we were not disappointed.  If you happen to be in New York, I recommend trying to get tickets for it.

After the show, Eric and I walked the High Line (did I mention that we had already walked all the way from 91st St) to Barbuto, a restaurant in the Village, where we were meeting friends for dinner.  The meal was fabulous… rustic, seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes.  Their kale salad rocked my world.

This eggplant sandwich was something I dreamt up following a love affair with a batch of pickled red onions (I’ve been on a pickling kick recently… dill pickles, pickled beets, and now pickled red onions).  It worked perfectly that we had a loaf of fresh baked bread around and a container of herbed boursin cheese.  I’m a sucker for a good sandwich and this one did the trick.

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  • Sarah | The Sugar HitAugust 19, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Beautiful images as always – and is there anything that sandwiches cannot do? I love how elegant this combination is.ReplyCancel

  • JaniceAugust 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

    I should be in bed by now, but your tweet about this sandwich caught my attention and I’m so glad I stayed up for this. I LOVE putting Boursin cheese in sandwiches, but your combination with the roasted eggplant and pickled onions rocks! I definitely will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • AggieAugust 19, 2013 - 7:19 am

    What a treat to be able to pop over to the city for a meal or a visit, I love it. This sandwich is something I could totally eat everyday in the summer! It looks perfect Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarAugust 19, 2013 - 7:27 am

    I’m so jealous that you went to see Pippin!! I’ve wanted to see it for what seems like forever..also, so nice of your parents to get you tickets!! And this sandwich?! LOVE! I kind of love everything this morning apparently, lol.ReplyCancel

  • TieghanAugust 19, 2013 - 8:47 am

    What a gorgeous sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • Dan from Platter talkAugust 19, 2013 - 8:59 am

    How wonderful does this look?! City or country, I feel certain this creation would taste great anywhere – particularly during these dog days of summer, which I love. Great post and I’m happy to have found your site!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda @themoonblushbakerAugust 19, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Pickles are really coming into their own, nothing better in a sandwich. Stunning photos of sandwich, I would love to see the snaps you took on your adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 19, 2013 - 11:52 am

    You had me at pickled red onion. And, of course, I happen to have some eggplant from our CSA in the fridge just begging to be used in a sandwich. Perfect timing! :)ReplyCancel

  • LirenAugust 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    We speak the same language, my friend. Pickled onions (pickled anything) and roasted eggplant? Yes. With Boursin? Yes! And there’s nothing like going into “the city.” Can’t wait to visit home next spring, that’s for sure. I may have to squeeze in Pippin!ReplyCancel

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and healthAugust 19, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    picked onion sounds so good. I will be making this sandwich soon.ReplyCancel

  • Cate @ Chez CateyLouAugust 19, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    This sandwich looks amazing! The color of those pickled onions is just gorgeous! I’m glad you had a fun weekend in the City – I’ll have to go see Pippin!ReplyCancel

  • Denise WoodwardAugust 19, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Okay, you had me at pickled beets, then you added roasted eggplant. Not to mention the Boursin cheese, which we were recently re-introduced to while friends from Belgium were here – they love the stuff. Great sandwich! We so need to plan a trip to New York that does not involve work – sounds like a wonderful weekend! xoReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 19, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Ooo, I’ve been on a similar pickling kick lately as well so I’ve got to try those onions.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 20, 2013 - 6:34 am

    I played the piano for Pippin in college and so I definitely have a soft spot for it and have been meaning to see it! SO glad to hear it was worth it!! it’s such a weird, random musical lol.

    OMG these sandwiches. The pickled onions are seriously fabulous here. I wish I’d included them in my sandwich yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy | Peanutbutter and OnionAugust 20, 2013 - 8:27 am

    This looks incredible! I’m always on the lookout for new sandwich ideas, THANKS!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveAugust 20, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Love pickled onions!! Amazing-looking sandwich! :)ReplyCancel

  • Grace @ Earthy FeastAugust 20, 2013 - 10:48 am

    That sandwich looks and sounds amazing! Those pickled red onions are the prettiest shade of pink! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • KaseyAugust 20, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Oh how I love the High Line! Living in SF, I always find it funny when people say ‘the city’ because living in the city, I forget it’s ‘the city’ around these parts. But I agree with you – if any city is going to have that stature, it best be NYC :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy NevilleAugust 20, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    This looks incredible…. I’m always on the lookout for new sandwich ideas, THANKS.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaAugust 20, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Now that’s a sandwich! I have been obsessed with pickled red onions for the last couple of months; they are the perfect addition to sandwiches and salads (especially of the grain variety!).ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanAugust 20, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Mnnn… I loves me some boursin, especially with some pickled stuffs!

    ¡Queso ahora, y queso por siempre!ReplyCancel

  • RochelleAugust 21, 2013 - 4:43 am

    Stunning sandwich! I wish we had some eggplant growing in the garden this year, but alas, we don’t. There are a good number of red onions growing in the garden, and they are sooooo good pickled, I’ll just have to go scrounge up an eggplant at the store so I can make this sandwich :)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette's Healthy LivingAugust 21, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    This is the perfect summer sandwich – I love pickled onions!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous sandwich. Boursin with grilled eggplants sound divine.ReplyCancel

  • MonetAugust 21, 2013 - 7:14 pm

    Now to make sandwiches for dinner. Just stunning images, Brian. I love pickled red onions. I started doing it a few years ago, after reading a blog post by David Lebovitz. They certainly do elevate a sandwich. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Russell at Chasing DeliciousAugust 23, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Yum! This sandwich looks eggcellent. Get it? Egg plant. Excellent? Yeah. Okay.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessAugust 26, 2013 - 6:24 am

    I would become an onion on a sandwich fan with these gorgeous pickled onions. This is a wonderful sandwich for lunch or dinner…so flavorful and I’ve got to make these onions this week.ReplyCancel

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home BakingAugust 26, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    I’m the only pickle eater in my family which is the best thing ever! More for me and this sandwich looks like dinner. Love the bright purple color of the onion!ReplyCancel

  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy LivingAugust 27, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    This looks delicious! What would you recommend substituting for the herbed boursin cheese?ReplyCancel

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