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Eggplant Rollatini - A delightful vegetarian entree featuring grilled eggplant rolled around a ricotta mozzarella filling

Eggplant Rollatini

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There are some foods I just can’t sell around here. Eggplant appears to be high on that list. We had the whole gang home for dinner last Sunday and I served this delightful Eggplant Rollatini as our second entree.

The boys took their cursory bites, but the picky hubby didn’t budge. I suspected this would be the case, so baked up a small batch and reserved the tasty leftovers for my lunch.

Eggplant Rollatini on a white square plate with a red handled fork

The Unloved Eggplant

My first encounter with eggplant was my mom’s moussaka. She loved testing out new recipes—whether from her New York Times Cookbook or her international friends from the university. A Greek family lived down the street and I’m certain it was their recipe that my sisters and I refused to eat. We were being obstinate and didn’t want to try the new veggie my mom was introducing to the family. So I can’t totally fault my husband’s picky genes for this snub by my children. At least the boys gave it a shot. The hubby did not. I had a teeny ray of hope since he admitted having (and enjoying) octopus and sea bass in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago!Eggplant Rollatini in a white casserole dish surrounded by wheat rolls and a whole eggplant

Eggplant Rollatini

Since I figured I’d be the only taker, I used small Japanese eggplant and made a fraction of my recipe. I’d recommend peeling your vegetable as it was a bit of a challenge to cut (and bite) through the cooked skin. But the filling was lovely as was the marinara topping. Those menfolk don’t know what they’re missing. If you have vegetarian guests for the holidays, this Eggplant Rollatini is a marvelous recipe to have up your sleeve! And if this Italian-inspired dish doesn’t fit your needs, check out all the amazing meatless meals below.

Eggplant Rollatini lined up in a white casserole dish

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Eggplant Rollatini - A delightful vegetarian entree featuring grilled eggplant rolled around a ricotta mozzarella filling
Yield: 3-4 servings

Eggplant Rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini

Grilled eggplant slices wrapped around a ricotta mozzarella filling and baked topped with marinara make for a lovely meatless meal!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes


  • 2 medium eggplant (or 2 pounds small eggplant), peeled and sliced 1/4 thick (I recommend peeling even though I did not)
  • Salt, to draw out moisture from eggplant
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to coat eggplant
  • 1 egg
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more to sprinkle over top of rollatini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (check out my easy marinara sauce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil, to garnish


  1. Lay eggplant slices out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for about 15 minutes to draw out moisture.
  2. Rinse off eggplant and pat dry. Heat grill pan or outdoor grill. Brush eggplant with olive oil and grill till tender. Let cool slightly.
  3. Mix together egg, ricotta, cheeses, basil, salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 375º.
  5. Grease 8 x8 pan. Spoon some marinara over the bottom of the pan, reserving some to top eggplant.
  6. Spoon about a tablespoon of ricotta filling on small end of each eggplant slice. Roll up and place seam-side down in the pan. Top with remaining marinara and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or till hot. Sprinkle with chopped basil or garnish with sprigs of basil to serve.


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23 comments on “Eggplant Rollatini”

  1. I’d be with Bill on this one, while I enjoy most veggies, unfortunately eggplant is not high on the list. I am fond of cheese and sauce though:@)

  2. Even better thank Lasagna, very nice.

  3. I’m sorry the eggplant wasn’t a hit with your family but on a good note…..more for you!! Great minds Liz…luckily my family does like this dish and it makes regular appearances at our house.

  4. Love the small batch (since I’ll probably be the only taker in my house), love that it’s a great gluten free alternative to lasagna! I’ll be pinning, making, and sharing this on my page!

  5. What beautiful photos, and my husband and I love eggplant. I’m going to half this recipe and try it this week! Love the rolling up process.

  6. Lol, glad to hear Bill is expanding his culinary horizons by eating seafood! Next up, convincing him to eat your gorgeous eggplant rollatini! The silver lining is that you get to eat all the leftovers, Liz 😉

  7. Eggplant, ricotta and mozzarella sounds great! I would love such dish 🙂

  8. I love that these are gluten free…can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  9. Your hubs is totally missing out! Oh well, more for you 🙂

  10. I LOVE eggplant!
    And this looks scrumptious, Liz! WOWWWWWWW

  11. I adore aubergine too Liz and have a family who would probably do the same. Isn’t it wonderful to sneak such yummy leftovers for lunch? Looks delicious. Haven’t seen the little Japanese versions of eggplant so interesting to hear about the skin. Looks rather festive and bright looking too!

  12. Great idea to peel eggplant. The skin can be bitter sometimes too.

  13. I can’t imagine anyone not eating that. It’s perfection. GREG

  14. This is just right up my alley, it looks fantastic!

  15. I’ve never had nor made a rollantini. I need to change that. These look fabulous! I almost always peel the eggplant when I eat it. The skin does get a bit tough.

  16. Yes, I can relate to trying to satisfy picky eaters. Thanks for participating this week.

  17. I like eggplant and I’d happily eat your rollatini any night of the week!

  18. A classic dish. I love eggplant but my toddler is a little more sceptical (fine if it’s chopped up as I serve his moussaka but less so if he can pick it out!). Shame the family didn’t go for it but at least you could enjoy!

  19. Wonderful dish!!
    Lucky me – my family loves eggplant 🙂 And they’ loooooooove this eggplant rollatini 🙂

  20. Most of us enjoy eggplant and I’m sure this would go over well at my house.

  21. Lizzy,
    I love eggplant rollatini. I would have eaten a few servings to help you out. Yum!

  22. Contrary to Bill, we both LOVE eggplants and cook with them throughout the summer, when we have an abundance from Panos’ country house in Evia, where his parents have a big organic garden. So glad that you like them too:)
    Oh dear Liz, wish you could once visit Greece to taste the Greek cheeses. We make a very similar recipe to this one, adding anthotyro, barrel-aged feta and katiki. Anthotyro is like ricotta and katiki is a fresh soft goat cheese used as a spread (it has a Greek-yogurt consistency).
    Thank you for your truly wonderful version, of course we’ll try it and we know we’ll LOVE it:)
    Sending you lots of sunshine from Athens!

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