15 August, 2011

Stuffed Zucchini Roll-Ups


After a month of vacation in Germany, I couldn't wait to be back in my kitchen. Although I cooked a lot in Germany, I was not very inspired to try out new things, and my photography motivation was even worse, as lighting was often dull and I didn't have the right props and tools at hand to make the food look pretty for a picture.
Now back in Dubai, I spent the whole last weekend pottering in the kitchen, creating bits and bites, cakes and crackers. Very therapeutic. I took some pictures, and they turned out satisfactory, without much ado. There is no place like home. A kitchen stove, some kitchen props and nice light was all I needed to be at total inner peace.
As the weather is hot, I made us lunches that turned out to be more of a buffet of light foods: crackers, hummus, veggie sticks and salads. And these zucchini rolls. Grilled slices of zucchini filled with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh thyme and roasted walnuts. They are perfectly sized, each one not much more than a mouthful. I love those bite sizes especially in summer, when you can just take one if you feel like it, instead of having a whole plateful of food in front of you. Bon appetit.

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STUFFED ZUCCHINI ROLL-UPS


2 medium zucchinis
2 garlic cloves, minced
dried chili flakes
salt
olive oil

1/2 cup feta cheese
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons walnuts
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
black pepper, freshly milled

Yields ca. 15
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Place sun-dried in a small bowl. Pour over with hot water and let stand for 10 minutes to rehydrate. Then drain and finely chop. Set aside.
In a dry pan, roast the walnuts for a few minutes. Chop finely. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the feta cheese until softened. Season with black pepper. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, thyme and walnuts. Set aside.

Preheat grill.
Cut zucchinis lengthwise into thin slices. Discard the parts that are mainly skin. Apply a little olive oil on both sides, season with salt, some minced garlic and chili flakes. Grill for a few minutes on each side, until softened and lightly charred. Remove and let cool a little.

Place a half to one teaspoon of the feta mixture onto the zucchini slices. Roll up and tighten each with a toothpick. Repeat with all zucchini slices. Serve at room temperature.

8 comments:

  1. I love it! I looks so delicious- I'm going to make it for Iftar- small bites are perfect for when you haven't eaten the whole day!

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  2. Welcome back Anja!! Not a huge fan of zucchini, I wonder if I could sub it out with something else...maybe thin strips of roasted red peppers or eggplant, coz that feta stuffing definitely sounds delish!

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  3. Mmm these sound amazing, and very easy to veganize. I'm definitely bookmarking this!

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  4. Beautiful! I bet I could do these with a cashew cheese instead of feta. Yum!

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  5. I just made these, they were delicious. I had to talk my husband into trying one and then he would not stop eating them. They actually taste a bit like pizza. Thank you for the post!!! We will definitely make again. I like the idea above of using eggplant. That would work well too.

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  6. These look a bit fiddly to make, but sound amazing! I'm definitely going to give them a try.

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  7. @herbivoresheaven
    They are actually not very fiddly to make. The rolling up looks more complicated than it is. Give it a go!

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  8. Beautiful! I bet I could do these with a cashew cheese instead of feta.

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