Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Eggplant Roll-Ups

From Every Day with Rachael Ray May 2008

1 large eggplant, about 1 3/4 pounds, cut lengthwise into 8 slices
Salt and pepper
4 large eggs
3/4 C store-bought pesto
2 1/2 C bread crumbs
6 Tbsp EVOO
3/4 C ricotta cheese
1/3 C grated pecorino-romano cheese
1 C store-bought marinara sauce

Season the eggplant with salt and pepper. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and 4 tablespoons pesto. Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg mixture, then coat with the bread crumbs.
Preheat the oven to 350. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, 2 minutes on each side, using the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil. Transfer the eggplant to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 3 tablespoons pecorino-romano; season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of the remaining pesto on each eggplant slice and top with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Roll up each slice. Bake until the eggplant is tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the marinara to a simmer. Serve the roll-ups with the sauce and remaining pecorino.

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