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Grilled Zucchini & Goat Cheese Roll-Ups

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Yields 8 to 10 roll-ups.

Make these ahead, refrigerate them if you like, and broil them briefly before serving. Serve with a first-course green salad or as a side to grilled meat, or as part of an antipasto.

  • 3 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick lengthwise strips
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 3 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, well drained
  • Heaping 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Heat a gas grill to high. Brush both sides of the zucchini strips with olive oil and season with kosher salt. Put the strips on the grill at a 45-degree angle to the grates and grill, covered, until well browned and limp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Check occasionally and move the slices around gently with tongs as necessary so that they brown evenly; don't undercook them. When done, remove them from the grill and drape them over a cooling rack to keep them from steaming as they cool.

In a bowl, combine the goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/8 tsp. kosher salt. When the zucchini has cooled completely, spread 1 heaping tsp. of the filling thinly over one side of each grilled zucchini strip (use a mini spatula or your fingers to spread). Roll up the zucchini (not too tightly; this is more like folding), and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Refrigerate if not using within an hour, but bring back to room temperature before broiling. Heat the broiler. Sprinkle with a little grated Parmigiano and brown under the-broiler, about 1 minute.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per roll-up; Calories (kcal): 50; Fat (g): 4.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 40; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): 1; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 210; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I love goat cheese so I loved this simple way of dressing up zucchini. I wouldn't use small zucchini again as I had trouble keeping the slices from sliding in between the openings of my grilling crate when turning. Larger zucchini is easier to handle in this recipe. The idea of rolling up grilled zucchini is nice and I plan to experiment with other fillings and spices.

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