Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 11 December 2008
Eggplant Rolls

Another ingredient that I wasn’t familiar with until I started this food blog was eggplant. I know there are eggplants in Mexico because I remember seeing them at the markets, but I don’t remember ever having any dish made with them. The very first time I ate eggplant was almost 11 months ago when I made this lentil soup with fried eggplant. But after that I haven’t ventured into cooking anything else with them, until today.

I found a fat eggplant at the store yesterday and decided I wanted to try something new. So today I cut it in very thin slices, grill them and roll them with a slice of queso fresco and turkey bacon. I put them back on the grill and let the bacon cook. I drizzled some extra virgin olive oil, queso fresco crumbles, fresh chopped parsley and a dash of black pepper.

I was going to eat these for lunch, but I realized they would be better as a side dish or party snack. So if you are planning a Xmas or New Year’s party, these would make great snacks. They are going into the menu of the party I am planning. There is not a recipe for these because they are very simple to prepare, just grill the slices:

After stuffing them with the queso fresco and rolling wrapping them with bacon (I cut the bacon strips in half) grill them again until the bacon is cooked:

Serve with drizzled olive oil, queso fresco crumbles, black pepper and fresh parsley and enjoy:

¡Buen provecho!

I am sending this recipe to Lore’s event, Original recipes (Winter holiday version).

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. These look absolutely amazing. I love grilled eggplant and bacon…and cheese. Hehe. This sounds like a good “balance” — y’know, for the guilt of eating bacon, let there be eggplant! :) Thanks for another fantastic original!

  2. This is a wonderful and original idea Ben…so fresh and inviting!

  3. Looks great, Ben. I love eggplant cooked in any fashion. Good idea to bring them to a party…they’re all festively dressed up and ready to go.

  4. Sounds amazing! It looks incredibly good and the perfect party food.

  5. Oh my goodness do these look amazing. I would have liked just the eggplant and the queso but adding the bacon really took me over the top. I have to make these!

  6. Those look great! Simple party food at it’s best. I love eggplant, it is one of my favourites – like mushrooms, it lends itself really well to flavour development.

  7. HA how did you know I found the love of my life down in South America! Ha I wish… well maybe. I hear Brazil and Argentina have some really good looking girls, actually :)

    Anyways, yup I missed quite a few bloggers, including my baking brother in crime. Whenever I feel like I’ve run out of dinner ideas, you’ve got something going on dude.

    Eggplant rolls AND a round butt? You won’t even need mistletoe lady killer.

  8. I really like this idea and that you did it on an indoor grill is even more appealing. I’ve never made eggplant with bacon before – great ingenuity.

  9. Hello Ben
    I also think that the addition of healthy berinjelas are delicious.
    Your earnings should be pretty well as delicious.
    I’m loving receive “What’s cooking?” in my email!

  10. I can totally see this at a party. Great creation.

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