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November 23, 2009

Farmer Cheese Stuffed Grilled Eggplant Rolls

This is a great dish to make for friends, a weeknight dinner or a cocktail party. It’s fast and easy to prepare and if you have kids, they can definitely help you with it.

Farmer cheese, “tvorog,” is a popular ingredient in Russian and Ukrainian cuisines, in sweet and savory dishes alike.

It has a ricotta-like consistency but denser. It’s very versatile. In fact, the filling in this dish can be used for fresh tomatoes or bell peppers, blintzes or just on crostini.


(Yield: about 14 rolls)

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant

1/2 lb farmer cheese

1 tbsp mayonnaise

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 scallion, chopped

2 tbsp chopped dill

Salt, pepper

Olive oil


Cut the eggplant in half widthwise then cut each piece into ¼”-thick slices lengthwise. Heat a grill pan on medium heat and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place the eggplant on the grill and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. When done, cool completely.


In the meantime prepare the filling: combine the cheese, mayo, garlic, scallion, dill and some salt and pepper in a bowl.

When the eggplant has cooled: place a piece on a board and on one half spread 1 tsp of filling.

Then roll while pressing gently. Leave the “seam”-side facing down.

Repeat, garnish with some dill and enjoy : )









9 comments:

Sofya said...

mmmm looks yummy :) lily is so lucky she gets to live with you..

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. I know i would love it because it has some of my favourite ingredients :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. I know i would love it because it has some of my favourite ingredients :)

Pam said...

So clever and tasty - what a terrific appetizer.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow this looks amazing and very upscale lol

Olga said...

yum for sure! :)
Did your family ever make eggplant appetizers baked w/mayo and garlic and parsley?

I'd add some tomatoes to this too.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh this is so easy, love it. Looks so tasty too.
xxx

George Gaston said...

Sasha, what a terrific blog you have here. I like this simple, yet creative use of eggplant. I have never used it as an appetizer.

You definitely have a wonderful flair with culinary creativity. Can't wait to try some of these. Thanks

Alen Agaronov said...

Just like most used to make - or better yet - just like my mom used to get from Baku Palace =/