Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eggplant Rollatini

This take on my moms rollatini is baked instead of fried. I use low fat ricotta and mozzarella and you cannot tell the difference. In fact, its better. Gone is the guilt and what your left with is a light and tasty dish (sorry mom).   You'll never want to fry an eggplant ever again.

You 'll need:
2 large eggplant, tops removed and sliced to 1/3 - 1/2 inch slices long ways, salted to taste
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup olive oil

For the filling you'll need:
Ricotta, 2 cups part skim
Mozzarella, 1 cup shredded low fat
Grated cheese, I like Pecorino Romano 1/2 cup
2 eggs
Parsley, 1/2 cup chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste, I used 1/8 teaspoon

For the topping, you'll need:
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a shallow dish (like a dinner plate) pour oil, in a second shallow dish pour breadcrumbs.  Dredge eggplant through oil on each side lightly then bread with crumbs lightly. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.

In a 400 degree oven, bake the eggplant on a lightly oiled sheet for 30 minutes. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, grated cheese, egg, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.

Take a slice of baked eggplant and add a heaping tablespoon full of the ricotta mix.

Roll the eggplant and place the seam on the bottom.  In a baking tray add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce to bottom and smooth it out.  Place rolled eggplant in saucy baking tray.

Continue with the remaining eggplant until all are filled.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over each rollatini.

Sprinkle each rollatini with mozzarella cheese, I used a generous pinch.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serves 6

Note: If you put the eggplant in the oil it will soak it all up, so be sure to pass it through lightly and use your fingers to spread out the oil all over the eggplant. Also, you don't want to put much breadcrumb on this, just a light coating.

When baking these, they need to be slightly thicker than when fried so they don't dry out, so 1/3 to 1/2 inch slices are best.


  1. Great job Julia, photos look great!

  2. Looks delicious. Wish the rest of my family liked eggplant. I will have to make this for me and give my mom half the batch.

  3. thanks all !!

    Dani, you can use 1 eggplant and halv the recipe. That will give you about 8 rollatini. Thats good for 2-3 servings.

  4. Hey Julia- I'm enjoying your recipes in my in box.. but still need the magic hint of how to print them??? thanks... Lyn

  5. Hey Lyn, your right. I've been having difficulty adding the printer friendly button onto my site. I hope to have it working in a day or so. Thank you sincerely for your patience. I'm totally new to blogging, so what takes me a week takes a blogger 10 minutes!

  6. Love rollatinis so much but I have never made them. Maybe I will soon :)

  7. hi addicted baker...judging from ur site, your MORE THAN CAPABLE!!!

    really easy. to prep eggplant took me 5 minutes, then tossed into oven. 5 (or less) minutes to crack an egg into the ricotta and your all set! let me know how they turn out

  8. Eggplant is one of my favorite!! Julia, I love all the step by step photos.

  9. This recipe looks really good! Do you by any chance have the nutrition info for this?

  10. Thank you for the step by step photos! Helps so much

  11. I always appreciate comments like the one you've left me here Heather. Thank you for viewing my site

  12. Thank you for sharing this WONDERFUL recipe. Made it yesterday and it was to die for!! Can't wait to make it again :)

  13. I have made this 3 times now (I cheat and use jarred spag sauce) but use whole wheat bread crumbs. So delicious that my meat and potatoes husband likes it better than lasagna!


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