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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eggplant Roll Ups

I had an eggplant that I had to use up. My husband loves eggplant, but not my daughter so much, so it is hard to use it unless I make something just for him. So that is what I did...since my daughter had a friend over to watch The Bachelorette, when I fix dinner for them, I made stuffed poblano peppers for them, because my husband doesn't like I guess it was a win win, but a little busy for me.
For the eggplant I hand sliced it so the slices could of been a little more even...should of got my slicer out of the drawer, but you know how it goes, it was just week a night dinner. You can grill them or use a grill pan, but I placed them on a stoneware sheet and oven roasted until soft.
  • 2 medium eggplant sliced thin about 1/4 inch (brushed w/oil, salt and baked until soft)
  • 8 oz spinach I use chopped frozen in a bag
  • 1 small onion or shallot chopped
  • 4 oz mushrooms sliced or chopped
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Penzey's Mural of Flavor (or Italian seasoning)
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  • tomato sauce as needed (I use a prepared marinara sauce) 
In a skillet saute the onion, garlic, and mushrooms for about 3-5 minutes until the onions are soft, and mushrooms are cooked. Add the spinach and cook some of the moisture out, squeeze the lemon juice over the spinach, add the nutmeg, seasoning and cream cheese, cook until the cheese is melted and stir to blend. Finally add in the Parmesan and pine nuts (I like to toast the pine nuts first) salt and pepper to taste, mix well.

Place a basil leaf and a spoonful of the filling mixture at one end of the eggplant slice, roll up and secure with a toothpick if needed. Place the roll seam side down in a baking dish with some sauce on the bottom. Sprinkle a little cheese over the top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes until the cheese melts and it's bubbly.


  1. I love egg plant and this recipe sounds like a great way to cook them. Thanks Diane

  2. I love your eggplant rolls! I am a fan of both peppers and eggplant, so I would make both for myself :-) Your eggplant and poblano versions made me laugh because it reminds me of the way I cook when I make something I love that my husband dislikes. I try to make the same dish, but change the vegetable for one he likes.
    Your gorgeous beach photos made me dream of seaside holidays... Not this year alas.
    Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm very happy to discover yours.

  3. This looks simply too delish! I love eggplant and this lovely post gives some great ideas for delectable preparation--thanks! Also loved the beach walk with birdies, what a treat :)

  4. I am also not a huge fan of eggplants but I am thinking I will enjoy this roll up - why not when it has cheese fillings and sitting in tomato sauce? ;p

  5. These eggplant roll ups look delicious! I love eggplant but haven't made it in a LONG time. You've inspired me!!

  6. I seriously need to try eggplant rolls soon. I've been making meat rolls with thinly sliced meat (pork or beef) but never made with veggies before. I've seen similar recipe with eggplant before but I also love your delicious filling!

  7. Lyndsey, I just love eggplant rollatini. I can smell the incredible sauce, and the filling with the eggplants. I would love the stuffed poblano peppers, as well!

    Nice beach photos...haven't been to my beach for several weeks now, I bet we sure don't have sand dollars all over our beach. I was lucky enough to find one last year at this time, and gave it away to a tourist!...and even I don't have one!

  8. I'm an eggplant LOVER but my brother...not so much. This looks so delicious I bet it could even win him over!

  9. Your egg plant dish look yummy, I love eggplants too but not so my sons so I rarely cook it. Looks like we really have to cater for all in the family when it comes to food huh!

  10. love this eggplant recipe and beautiful Siesta Key would love a stroll on that today :-) enjoy my friend

  11. Oh, how yummy! The filling sounds amazing. I wish my family liked eggplant, but I may have to make a batch for me alone :)

  12. this sounds delish, lyn! i need to kiv this. i love eggplants and never done a roll up like this, thanks! oh, i would need to chk what sand dollar is!

  13. I'm always looking for ways to enjoy Italian without always using pasta. Great recipe!

  14. Dear Lyndsey, Beautiful eggplant roll-ups. It was so kind for you to make two different meals. I am sure the stuffed peppers were delish too. It is nice to see everyone happy. Blessings my dear. Catherine xo


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