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 like easy little treats. Yummy too!

  2. very creative! i’m imagining all the various ways to make these – maybe an italian version stuffed w/ mozzarella and rolled in pancetta or prociutto? these looks awesome!

  3. You are right, these are great as snacks. I make similar ones filled with feta but these sound delicious with the addition of the bacon.

  4. Those look delicious, they would be great for an appetizer or to serve alongside cocktails. I’m glad you started cooking with eggplant, I will be trying this very soon!

  5. Quite lovely for a party or anytime eats! Especially with that bacon. We approve!

  6. Those eggplant rolls look really good!

  7. i love these… very creative, ben… :)

  8. Made these for our friend’s New Year’s party… they were a great sensation! Thank you!

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