Monday, August 30, 2010

Beautiful Eggplant Rollatini!

I love August. I love the summer sound of crickets that come in my window at night. I love the way the summer sun starts to become a little softer. I love watching the kids get back on the school bus(sorry, Molls and Tim). And I especially love the end of summer produce that appears on my counter tops. I suddenly had 5 eggplants staring at me in my vegetable bowl at home, so, I made rollatini(by Giada) which is one of the greatest recipes ever!
Here are the ingredients you will need...
4 medium eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/2 in slices
1T. sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
3 T. toasted pine nuts
32 oz whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 large eggs beaten
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
3T. grated Parmesan cheese
20 basil leaves
2 c. black pepper
I started off by placing the eggplant on a baking sheet and sprinkling it with the salt. I set aside for 15 minutes. This will help extract some of the moisture. Then I rinsed and patted dry. Next, I brushed the eggplant with olive oil and grilled, about 4 minutes per side(thanks B).
In a large bowl, combine your beaten eggs and ricotta. Stir in your mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts. Fold in the basil leaves.

Place 1 T. of cheese mixture at the end of your eggplant and roll up tightly as seen below.

Place the rollatinis seam-side down into a lightly oiled 13 X 9 in baking dish.

Make some marinara sauce(I used Giadas), but any sauce would substitute fine.

Pour sauce over your rollatinis and add salt and pepper. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Drizzle some more olive oil across the top and serve.


Hope your summer was as fun as mine.


  1. That looks delicious! I may have to get some eggplants very soon.

  2. That recipe looks/sounds sooo good! I just love Giada. I’m not sure if you have healthy recipes of your own that you make, but if you do, you should send them into this contest I know of. It’s coming to Cleveland on September 25-26th! I noticed your recipe and thought you would be interested. You could get great exposure for your recipes and meet celebrity cooks (Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Sara Moulton, or Cat Cora). All you have to do is go to to submit one of your healthy recipes. Deadline to sign up for Cleveland is September 8th so hurry! Good luck if you decide to enter, and if not, keep posting! :)

  3. Thanks for the tip Jackiee! I will definitely look into that.

  4. this looks delicious. does your family like to eat healthy?