Eggplant Involtini

Serves 4-6
These stuffed sliced eggplant rolls are utterly delectable. One of our very best recipes and ideal for a vegetarian meal. Select big eggplants. Serve the Eggplant Involtini with crusty bread and a salad.
Recipe Category

You will need

4 large eggplants, cut lengthways into 1 cm thick slices
olive oil
Ina Paarman’s Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Ina Paarman’s Basil Pesto
⅓ cup (80 ml) fresh white breadcrumbs
½ t (2,5 ml) Ina Paarmans Chilli & Garlic Seasoning
250 g full cream chunky cottage cheese
½ cup (125 ml) Italian hard cheese, grated
1 x 400 g Ina Paarman’s Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

Ina's Tip

Always rinse our Pasta Sauce bottles out with 1/4 cup (60 ml) water and add to the sauce.

Method

Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Arrange aubergine slices on oiled baking paper. Season the slices, very lightly, on one side only, with Garlic & Herb Seasoning and then drizzle generously with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes until nicely browned (no need to turn). Remove from oven.

Turn slices over and spread each underside with Basil Pesto.

Mix breadcrumbs, Chilli & Garlic Seasoning, cottage cheese and half of the grated cheese to form a firm paste. With widest end of eggplant slice facing you, place about a tablespoon of cheese mixture on wide third of each aubergine slice. Roll up.

Decant the Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce into a medium size ovenproof dish or 6 individual dishes. Arrange the eggplant rolls, seam side down, in the sauce. Top with remaining grated cheese.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden. Serve with an Italian style bread dipped in olive oil, to mop up the sauce.

Dress the accompanying green salad with our Balsamic Vinaigrette.