Monday, July 12, 2010

Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs and Cheese

These are delicious!  I am always looking for new ways to eat zucchini.  You know how you plant one or two plants and end up with a thousand zucchini?  This is something else you can do with them!  I found this recipe in The Food You Crave cookbook by Ellie Krieger.  Here's what you do:

Cut the ends off of the zucchini and use a mandolin to cut them lengthwise.

Brush both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place in a hot grill pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

You are looking for grill marks, so don't flip until you see them. 

While these are grilling you are going to mix 1 1/2 ounces of goat cheese (I used reduced fat), 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. 

Line up your grilled zucchini and top with fresh spinach and one small or half of one basil leaf.  About 1/2 inch from the end, place 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture on top, and roll up the zucchini.  Place them seam side down onto the platter.

Serve at room temperature.  You can make these a day ahead and store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

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