Stuffed and Grilled Eggplants

(“Melanzane alla Griglia Ripiene” - “Milinciani Arrustuti”)

 

 

                        

 

This antipasto or side dish is pleasant and goes well with grilled food. It is a very convenient dish because it can be prepared in advance.
The stuffing of capers, anchovies and cheese gives a typical Sicilian taste to the stuffed grilled eggplants.
Any leftovers are delicious the next day.

 

 

 

 

SERVES 4 TO 6 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium size eggplants 
  • ¾ cup of olive oil 
  • 12 slices of cheese (tuma, provoletta or mozzarella) 
  • 12 fillets of anchovies 
  • 3 tablespoons of capers, rinsed 
  • 1 tablespoon of pine nuts 
  • chopped Italian parsley 
  • salt and pepper 

 

PREPARATION 

The Eggplants
Wash eggplants, remove stalks and slice horizontally with the skin on, about ½ inch thick. Remove excessive skin from first and last slice of each eggplant.
Place eggplants in a colander, salt lightly and set aside for 20 minutes.
Rinse the sliced eggplant, and drain for a few minutes. Gently pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels, brush both sides with oil and grill the eggplant slices until tender, about 3 minutes on each side.
If a grill is not available use your oven at 400 degrees, cooking it for 5 minutes on each side or until tender.

 

 

                         

 

The Making
Place grilled eggplants in a pan or large dish and place a slice of the cheese on each slice, add one fillet of anchovy broken in pieces, a few capers, a few pine nuts, some parsley and a sprinkle of pepper. Fold and roll up each slice, starting at the narrow side of the slice, secure with a wooden toothpick and set aside.

 

The Serving
When ready to serve, grill the eggplant rollatini for a few minutes until hot and tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
If a grill is not available, place rollatini in an oiled pan 11”X7”, drizzle with oil and bake in a hot oven at 400 degrees, for about 5 minutes. 
Place cooked eggplant in a serving dish, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.