I love this time of year.  Okay…  clarification.  I absolutely loathe and despise the weather.  The heat and humidity is murder.  But I love the produce!

Our tomato plants are doing well – the squirrels are having a feast – and our neighbor is keeping us supplied with zucchini and eggplant.  I am the neighbor who welcomes produce with open arms.  I do not run and hide when I see you walking down the street with a bag of zucchini.  I run out to greet you.  You have stuff you grew in your yard?  I’m here for ya!

So…  we we’ve been looking at a perfect eggplant for a couple of days.  Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.  This afternoon I was looking at the basket with our summer bounty and eggplant wrapped around tomato sticks popped into my mind.  I took it a step further and added some pecorino romano and fresh basil, but that was about it.  Eggplant Roulade was born.

A mandoline really helps here with the cutting of the eggplant, but a sharp knife will work, too.

Eggplant Roulade

  • eggplant
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • plum tomatoes
  • basil
  • pecorino romano cheese
  • salt and pepper

Slice eggplant lengthwise no more than 1/4″  thick.  Lightly brush each side with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and broil about 2 minutes.  Flip the slices over and broil another 2 minutes.  Allow to cool.

Slice roma tomatoes lengthwise into matchstick-sized pieces.  Shred fresh basil – about 1 leaf per roulade. Shred enough cheese for about 1 tbsp per roulade.

Sprinkle cooled eggplant with cheese and then basil.

Take a pinch of tomatoes and place along the top of the widest end of the eggplant slice.

Carefully roll and place seam-side down in a broiler-proof pan.

Broil until cheese melts and they are heated through.

These were fun.  Great flavor and a great way to experience the flavors of summer!

I grilled a pork tenderloin to serve along with these.  Marinated in red wine, olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning.

Now… If only the temperature would drop and the humidity would go away…..