Start by slicing your eggplant into rounds. Lay them out, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for 10 minutes, then dab them dry with a paper towel. This step is not necessary, but helps remove eggplants’ bitter taste.
In a bowl, mix the ground lamb with the shallots. You can add any spices you like.
Take two eggplant slices, similar in size, and fill them with the meat mixture. This recipe makes about 12 to 14 “sandwiches.”
Prepare two bowls, one with beaten eggs, the other with the bread crumbs. Dip the eggplant sandwiches into the beaten egg, then into the bread crumbs.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the eggplant sandwiches, flipping them over once they turn golden. When done frying, transfer eggplants to an oven-safe dish, laid out in a single layer.
Pour tomato sauce over the rounds and bake covered for 30 minutes on 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) and uncovered for another 10 minutes to crisp up the tops.
Would like to know if the lamb sandwiches can be prepared up until they are fried and placed in a tray (then refrigerated perhaps?)? I am wondering if I can add the sauce on the day and then pop in the oven for 30mins or however long it takes.
Definitely, you can prepare the eggplant sandwiches in advance and then assemble everything and cook the day of. I would keep the sandwiches in the freezer in the meantime.