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Eggplant Rollatini

Parmesan, egg, and garlic enrich the ricotta filling, so you don't need too much mozzarella on top.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant (2 pounds), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 8)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup best-quality marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella (4 ounces)
  • Crusty bread, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Season eggplant with salt and pepper; arrange in a shallow 2-quart microwave- safe dish with a lid. Microwave on high until tender and pliable but not fully cooked, 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. With a spatula, transfer eggplant slices from dish to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet, and arrange in a single layer. Blot dish dry, and spread bottom with 1/4 cup marinara sauce; set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, Parmesan, egg, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Pat eggplant dry with paper towels. Dividing evenly, spoon ricotta mixture onto the wide end of eggplant slices, leaving a 1-inch border on the wide end and a 1/4-inch border on either side. Starting at the wide end, roll up slices; arrange seam side down in a single layer in prepared dish. Top with remaining 3/4 cup marinara sauce.

  4. Cover dish, and microwave on high until eggplant is very tender, 15 to 17 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella; microwave until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Serve rollatini with bread, if desired, and garnished with more Parmesan.

Cook's Notes

Arranging the stuffed eggplant in a single layer ensures that each rollatini cooks through evenly.

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