Eggplant and Goat Cheese Roll Ups

I didn’t know that eggplant was one of my favorite foods until I tasted it smothered in tomato sauce. I had been living in Italy for a few months by this point. The weather was just morphing into summer, which meant that eggplants were ripe in season.

We ate at a fancy restaurant in a hilltop village to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This eggplant appetizer was the seasonal choice, highly recommended by the waiter.

(At least, I think he highly recommended it, based on my 5-year old Italian language skills.) Either way, I couldn’t thank him enough for the amazing dish that became one of my favorite foods.

Ever since then, I can’t help but order the item on any menu that includes eggplant!

While visiting France this summer, I naturally asked for the eggplant dish in a local restaurant. It was thin slices of eggplant rolled around a dollop of goat cheese (another one of my favorite foods). My tastebuds were in food heaven!

Naturally, after coming home from vacation in Europe, I had to attempt this dish in my own kitchen. And goodness, it was just as satisfying.

Trust me, this is a simple yet elegant appetizer, and worth the few minutes that it takes to prepare. Buon appetito!

Eggplant and Goat Cheese Roll Ups

Eggplant and Goat Cheese Roll Ups

A simple yet elegant appetizer of creamy goat cheese wrapped up in tender slices of eggplant.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4oz Goat cheese, any flavor

Instructions

    1. Using a mandolin slicer, cut the eggplants into thin slices lengthwise. Salt and let sit in a colander for at least 30 minutes. Pat dry.
    2. Preheat oven to 350F.
    3. Generously drizzle olive oil into a glass baking dish. Lay each of the eggplant slices in the pan, rubbing both sides into the oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
    4. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes, until tender but not browned.
    5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of goat cheese onto the end of each eggplant slice. Roll up around the goat cheese and lay on a serving platter, seam side down.
    6. Serve immediately or keep warm by tenting with foil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 136 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 186mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g

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