RECIPE

Eggplant and Zucchini Roll-Ups

Lasagna lovers will enjoy this cheese stuffed vegetarian-friendly variation topped with tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium firm zucchini
  • 1 medium firm eggplant
  • All-natural olive oil cooking spray
  • Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley tops, chopped, divided
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, pasted or grated
  • 1 fresh chili pepper, such as Fresno, seeded and finely chopped
  • A few grates of whole nutmeg
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves, torn or shredded
  • 3 cups passata or tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 450°F.

Slice the zucchini and eggplant into thin planks lengthwise. Spray the eggplant and zucchini evenly on both sides with the cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and brown, about 20 minutes. Cool to handle.

Lower the oven temperature to 375°F.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup of the Parmigiano Reggiano, all but a few tablespoons of the mint and the parsley, egg yolks, garlic, chili peppers, a few grates of nutmeg and some salt and pepper. Spoon the stuffing onto each plank of eggplant or zucchini and roll up. Arrange the rolls in a baking dish and top with a few pieces of torn basil, then cover evenly with passata or tomato sauce.

Melt the butter in a small skillet; remove from the heat and toss with the panko, remaining Parmigiano Reggiano and the remaining parsley and mint. For a make-ahead meal, store the breadcrumb mix in an airtight container and the roll ups in the fridge or freezer. Scatter the topping over the top of the dish. Bake from room temperature at 375°F, until golden and bubbly.

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