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Eggplant Involtini

Eggplant Involtini

I think I have already said this before, but eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. You can make so many things with it and it always tastes so good! Here's the recipe for what has to be my all-time favorite side dish that can easily double up as an appetizer: involtini di melanzane, aka eggplant involtini. It is my mum's recipe and like all "mum's recipes" they are hard to beat.

The filling is the same as the one used for meat involtini, but the addition of tomato sauce and Parmigiano on top makes them even tastier… They are great eaten warm or cold, but I like them more at room temperature as I find that the taste of all the different ingredients comes together better that way. They are not hard to prepare and you can make them in advance (even the day before) and bake them when needed, or you could even bake them and eat them cold later on. Try them, I am sure they will not disappoint! These involtini are a regional Italian dish from Sicily!

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5
Servings
2161
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 Cup tomato purée
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 basil leaves

For the filling

  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 Ounces salami, chopped finely
  • 1 Ounce piquant provolone, diced finely
  • 2 Tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon chopped parsley (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

For the involtini

  • Ten 1/2-inch-thick slices fried eggplant, cut lengthwise
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 Tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

For the tomato sauce

Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Next, add the tomato purée. Season with salt, to taste, and add the basil leaves. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the filling

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. (You may have to add more extra-virgin olive oil, depending on the breadcrumbs and how much they absorb the liquids.) You need to obtain a soft enough stuffing so that when you press it with your hands, it retains its shape and doesn’t crumble. Set aside.

For the involtini

Soak the eggplant in salty water for 30 minutes. Pat them dry and fill a medium-sized pot about 1/3 full with vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot and fry the eggplant slices until done. Put them on a plate covered with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Take 1 slice of fried eggplant and put some filling at the lower part of the slice. You should try and put at least 1-1 ½ tablespoons of filling per slice. Press the filling with your hands, so it becomes like a patty. Now, roll the eggplant over it. Repeat this for all the slices of eggplant and set them aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the involtini in an oven dish big enough to fit all of them tightly in 1 layer. Cover them with the tomato sauce and top with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Servings5
Calories Per Serving2161
Total Fat204g100%
Sugar44gN/A
Saturated18g89%
Cholesterol18mg6%
Protein21g42%
Carbs80g27%
Vitamin A76µg8%
Vitamin B120.3µg5.7%
Vitamin B61mg54%
Vitamin C33mg56%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E47mg100%
Vitamin K50µg62%
Calcium349mg35%
Fiber35g100%
Folate (food)255µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)270µg68%
Folic acid9µgN/A
Iron5mg26%
Magnesium185mg46%
Monounsaturated143gN/A
Niacin (B3)9mg46%
Phosphorus448mg64%
Polyunsaturated34gN/A
Potassium2918mg83%
Riboflavin (B2)0.6mg34.6%
Sodium3286mg100%
Thiamin (B1)0.6mg40.7%
Trans1gN/A
Zinc3mg19%
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