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Summer Aubergine Rolls

Hi friends, today we are sharing a dinner recipe that we prepared over the weekend. Some of you might recognize these aubergine rolls as they are a summery version of our Involtini di Melanzane recipe. It has always been one of our favorites and there is also a winter version of it in our Green Kitchen Travels cookbook.

This one has a brighter and tangier filling than the original and is baked without the tomato sauce. The filling is made with a mix of asparagus, rhubarb, pesto, pistachios, feta cheese, raisins and cooked quinoa. It is a really delicious filling that could also be served on its own (but it looks so much more impressive tucked inside the aubergine rolls). We served the rolls with a green salad drizzled with a little yogurt dressing. It was totally delicious and would be quite an impressive dish to do if you have friends coming over for dinner. I know we always say this, but do save some time (and effort) and let everybody get involved and help roll. Cooking and eating is so much more fun when the experience is shared.

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We also have some news about upcoming events.

  1. First of all, we are going to Lisbon this coming Sunday (29 May) to promote the Portuguese edition of our first book. We will be doing some interviews and a talk and book signing in the Praça Leya at the Lisbon book fair. The talk is at 7 pm. We’d love to meet some of our Portuguese readers there, so please come by and chat with us!
  2. We also wanted to share some more dates for our exciting launch of Green Kitchen Smoothies in London.
    We will be doing a supper club and Q&A with Mae Deli x Deliciously Ella on Tuesday 7th June and tickets can be booked here (only a few left!). We will also be talking at the Good Roots Festival on Saturday 11th June but unfortunately that is already sold out. There will be one or two more opportunities to get your books signed and have a chat and we will announce those as soon as we have more info.

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Summer Aubergine Rolls stuffed with Quinoa, Rhubarb & Asparagus

2 large aubergines, thinly sliced (approx. 24 slices in total)
olive oil, to brush
sea salt
2 rhubarb stalks, thinly sliced
10 asparagus spears, thinly sliced

½ cup / 100 g uncooked quinoa or 2 cups cooked quinoa (any color)
1 cup / 250 ml water
1 large pinch sea salt

1 cup pesto dressing (see end note)
50 g shelled unsalted pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped
150 g feta cheese, crumbled
1 handful raisins

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
Arrange the aubergine slices (not overlapping) on two baking trays lined with baking paper. Use a pastry brush to brush each slice with a thin layer of olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or until very soft and golden. Thinly slice the rhubarb and asparagus and spread out on another baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in the oven and bake for 5-8-minutes, or until soft and juicy.

Meanwhile cook the quinoa. Place rinsed quinoa in a saucepan, add water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat immediately and simmer for about 15 minutes, set aside. When slightly cooled, stir through ¾ of the pesto dressing, ¾ of the chopped pistachios nuts, ½ of the feta cheese and raisins. Then carefully fold in the baked rhubarb and asparagus.

Roll the aubergine: Place the grilled aubergine, one by one, in front of you. Add a large spoonful of the quinoa mixture at the bottom of it and roll up lengthwise away from you. Place the rolls on a baking tray with baking paper. Scatter over the remaining feta cheese, a drizzle of the pesto dressing and sprinkle with the chopped pistachio nuts. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C/400°F. Ready to serve. Serve with a simple green salad of choice and drizzle with yogurt. Enjoy!

Note about the pesto dressing: If you make a batch of homemade pesto, simply add more olive oil and lemon juice to make it thinner. Alternatively buy a store-bought pesto and thin it out with more olive oil and lemon juice.

36 Comments

  1. Mona
    Posted 24 May ’16 at 10:12 | #

    This looks delicious! I love grilled or baked Aubergine with about anything or on anything. My favourite at the moment is grilled Aubergine with a simple grain salad and Harissa. I guess if one was too lazy to roll one could just simply put the Aubergine slices into the quinoa salad. I will definitely try the rolling part too though :D This reminds me a little from you yummy bbq recipe from the first book with courgette and ricotta. Always amazed how ALL your recipes always turn out so delicious and easy-to-make. Looking forward to your new book!

  2. Posted 24 May ’16 at 10:22 | #

    Wow, I was looking for a savory recipe using rhubarb, and here it is! These involtini seems absolutely fabulous :D Perfect for a fancy garden dinner too ^_^

  3. Verity
    Posted 24 May ’16 at 10:58 | #

    We have tickets to your Good Roots Festival talk, we cannot wait. We are such huge fans of both you guys and Sarah.

  4. Posted 24 May ’16 at 12:58 | #

    Jeg skal helt sikkert afprøve den her opskrift! Tak for inspiration :-)

  5. Flor
    Posted 24 May ’16 at 13:43 | #

    Such a beautiful recipe!
    I haven’t been able to attend one of your events yet, and oh how i wish to meet you and say thank you, in person.
    I’ll be visiting Portugal – where I’m from – soon but not soon enough! :S I hope you have a beautiful time in Lisbon and I’ll be sure to send some of my friends your way ^_^
    Lots of love from Reykjavík!
    Kindly, Flor

  6. Posted 24 May ’16 at 16:03 | #

    Looks delicious :)

  7. Paola
    Posted 24 May ’16 at 16:32 | #

    Lovely news!
    Looking forward to meeting you and hearing you talk on Sunday.

  8. Posted 24 May ’16 at 19:11 | #

    I’m still new to the whole rhubarb in savory dishes, but these look fantastic. I’ll definitely have to try this out.

  9. Posted 24 May ’16 at 22:46 | #

    First of all oh boy, oh boy, oh boy you are coming to Lisboa, couldn’t be happier! I’m writing down the date and will be there for sure :D
    And as always what a lovely recipe, I’m pretty sure this filling is amazing with the sweet,sour, tangy notes combined with the creamy aubergine…dreamy!

  10. Ben
    Posted 25 May ’16 at 00:24 | #

    How gorgeous is that!? Love this idea. And the addition of rhubarb sounds so so interesting! Thanks!

  11. Posted 25 May ’16 at 00:43 | #

    Awesome recipe! I love aubergines and this recipe is such an original and cool way to cook and serve a healthy meal. Time to roll! :-)

    xoxo

  12. Marta G
    Posted 25 May ’16 at 00:46 | #

    Ohhh, this is a long weekend and I will not be in Lisbon, my hometown… What a pity! But I’m sure you will be most welcomed here.

  13. Posted 25 May ’16 at 04:44 | #

    These aubergine rolls are so creative and look divine! I definitely have to try making the quinoa filling and using eggplants as wraps again sometime!

  14. Posted 25 May ’16 at 11:00 | #

    Oh my goodness. I’m making this soon, I can’t resist. Your first eggplant roll recipe is something I’ve been wanting to make but this summer version is totally jumping ahead. Love the rhubarb, feta, and pistachios in this. Can’t wait to make this very soon!

  15. Sofia
    Posted 25 May ’16 at 12:22 | #

    And Lisbon is waiting for both of you :))

  16. Christine Muñiz
    Posted 25 May ’16 at 12:52 | #

    This looks delicious and I’d love to try it, but where I live we don’t have rhubarb. What would be a good substitute do you think?
    Thank you.

  17. Posted 25 May ’16 at 16:43 | #

    This is a treat! I’m always happy with aubergine recipes :)
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Portugal, my country. Sadly I live a bit far from Lisbon and won’t be able to see you guys… I was really looking forward to it at to have my book signed, but well.. maybe next time! I hope you catch good weather and have time to visit the town a bit :)

  18. Posted 25 May ’16 at 22:16 | #

    This looks so good! I need to try this soon. Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Manju James
    Posted 26 May ’16 at 07:21 | #

    You all are simply awesome becoming a great fan of yours!!!!
    All the best.

  20. Magda
    Posted 29 May ’16 at 11:33 | #

    Looks delish! But I’d also recommend you to try out the Georgian version of this dish, with walnut and cilantro filling and sprinkled with pomegranate arils. Cooked it many times, it always comes out fantastic :)

  21. Posted 30 May ’16 at 15:47 | #

    Wow what an unusual mix I love this creative use of rhubarb!! <3

  22. Posted 31 May ’16 at 00:09 | #

    What a delightful treat that people of all diet types can enjoy … might have to make this for an upcoming BBQ!

  23. Posted 31 May ’16 at 11:31 | #

    I am fed up eating chicken and egg rolls and Aubergine Rolls is looking something different. Now its Time to roll! :-)

  24. Adriana
    Posted 31 May ’16 at 16:21 | #

    I made the aubergine rolls and they came out great. I was left with some filling which I used today to make roasted stuffed peppers and I must say they were WOW! Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Sophie
    Posted 2 Jun ’16 at 13:29 | #

    We made this at the weekend and they were absolutely delicious. Thank you.

  26. Posted 3 Jun ’16 at 12:30 | #

    Made these last night and they were amazing. Even my husband liked them and he doesn’t really like eggplant. ;-) I could just eat the quinoa salad on its own but the eggplant really adds something extra. Thank you guys!

  27. Stephanie
    Posted 3 Jun ’16 at 19:57 | #

    This recipe was really good! I wrapped the filling in zucchini instead of eggplant and used toasted almonds instead of pistachios but it still tasted amazing and looked so impressive. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  28. Posted 5 Jun ’16 at 08:55 | #

    What a lovely and fast recipe!!! Now i have something special to prepare for my kids at this coming weekend. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing. Awesome post. Thumb up.

  29. Posted 8 Jun ’16 at 16:09 | #

    It look delicious! I a good cooker but I need to learn more from you. Thanks for your sharing!

  30. Jo
    Posted 9 Jun ’16 at 02:25 | #

    If asparagus is out of season do you recommend an alternative?

  31. Posted 16 Jun ’16 at 08:00 | #

    I wish I’d waited to read this one until AFTER my grocery store trip today. I’ve just added the ingredients to my list!

  32. Posted 17 Jun ’16 at 22:25 | #

    Great recipe, I will try it for sure in the future :-)

  33. Posted 21 Jul ’16 at 09:51 | #

    Such a beautiful recipe for hot summer here!

  34. Posted 26 Jul ’16 at 16:44 | #

    These look beautiful! I never would have thought to combine aubergine with rhubarb…that’s an interesting combo. I make a more traditional involtini di melanzane that the kids also love!

    http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/caprese-eggplant-rolls/

  35. Posted 8 Aug ’16 at 12:09 | #

    Looks amazing. A great lunch that you can easily get done in an average kitchen. Your pictures are really professional and mouth-watering, I’m impressed. May I ask, which camera you are using?
    All the best,
    PurpleToaster

  36. Posted 5 Oct ’16 at 13:38 | #

    Magnificent dish with recipe! hope i’ll eat this soon thank you

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