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Best Bites: Udi’s Eggplant Panino

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An impromptu lunch at Udi’s Bread Cafe in Stapleton led to a delicious discovery: the eggplant panino. This savory (and, by the way, enormous) sandwich combines eggplant that’s baked until caramelized, sweet roasted red peppers, an ample amount of goat cheese, and a swath of aïoli between two pieces of grilled rustico bread.

Often eggplant sandwiches are riffs on eggplant Parmesan, but this was a welcome departure. Lusty, earthy, and rich—bet you can guess what I’m having for lunch again today.

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Plus: Check out tonight’s Untitled #40 (Grounded) at the Denver Art Museum and nosh on Udi’s clay-oven-fired pizza. The pies (pictured) start cooking at 6 p.m.; the event goes until 10 p.m.

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Amanda M. Faison, 5280 Contributor

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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