Stuffed Sicilian Eggplant Rolls
The holidays are just around the corner, in fact, Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend, a month later American Thanksgiving is celebrated, and a month after that Christmas will be here. I don’t know about you, but I do a lot more entertaining during the holiday season, and I’m always looking for new recipes that I can prepare ahead of time. When I have guests at my home, I often like to assemble an antipasti platter or even a table if it is a large group. This starter allows folks to try what they want, and as much as they want. These eggplant rolls would be a perfect addition to and antipasti spread as they are full of flavor, can be assembled and baked ahead of time, and are an excellent option for vegetarians.
The only trick to making these rolls is to use the long, thinner eggplants, about three inches across. Try to choose younger, firm eggplants as they’ll have fewer seeds and will hold together better. Raisins are a typical ingredient in Sicilian cooking and add a lovely subtle sweetness to the filling. I like to plump my raisins before using them in any recipe which adds an extra step but is well worth the few minutes it takes.
Deborah Mele 2017
Stuffed Sicilian Eggplant Rolls
A Sicilian style of preparing eggplants.
- 3 Large, Long Eggplants (See Notes Above)
- 10 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
- 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
- 3/4 Cup Soft Breadcrumbs
- 1/3 Cup Raisins Soaked In Boiling Water For 10 Minutes, Then Drained & Chopped
- 3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley
- 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Unsalted Pistachios
- Grated Zest & Juice Of 1 Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Salted Capers, Rinsed & Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Grated Pecorino Cheese
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the eggplants lengthwise into 1/3 inch slices with a sharp knife. (You should have 12 equal sized slices. Throw the outer slices away)
- Bring a large shallow pan of water to a boil, then drop the eggplant slices into the water in batches.
- Cook for four minutes until softened.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggplant slices from the water and dry thoroughly on a paper towel lined tray.
- In a frying pan, heat 5 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, then add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the breadcrumbs, and cook another 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add the raisins, parsley, pistachios, lemon zest and juice, capers, pecorino, salt and pepper.
- Mix well.
- Place some of the stuffing mixture along the top of each of the eggplant slices, then roll up firmly and secure with toothpicks.
- Place the prepared eggplant slices on an oiled baking sheet, then brush with the remaining olive oil.
- Bake for 30 minutes then serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 3 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 12gSugar: 19gProtein: 11g
These look delish!! I love anything eggplant, but add pistachios and peccorino and now were REALLY talking!! I’m sure the vegans could replace the peccorino with nutritional yeast and it would still be amazing! Could even be adapted to be gluten-free. Yummy!
Is it wrong of me to think of sushi when I see this?
Ah! Your lovely posts, recipes and adventures have brought me such pleasure. Molto, molto grazie!
These tasted amazing! I love yor website, I have been cooking from it for 20 years,
It states that we should have 12 equal slices of eggplant. Is that from one eggplant or 3 as listed in the ingredients?
Thanks and looking forward to making these. My Sicilian husband will be very happy 😍
Total from all three eggplants.