My lightened up Eggplant Rollatini are so flipping delicious they would turn any eggplant hater into a lover.
They are so tender you don’t even need a knife to cut them, they’ll just melt in your mouth.
The stuffing is made with three types of cheese (ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan) and spinach.
• 2 large eggplants
• 1 cup (9 oz/ 250 g jar) reduced fat ricotta
• 1 cups shredded light mozzarella, divided in 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup
• 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
• 6oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove as much liquid as possible
• 1 egg
• 3 garlic cloves minced
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup tomato marinara
1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2 Remove eggplants’ ends and slice them thinly lengthwise. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and place 12 eggplant slices on it. You may need to use two baking sheet or bake eggplant in two batches depending on the size of your oven). Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool.
3 While eggplants are cooking, prepare ricotta/spinach mixture. In a bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella (1/2 cup), parmesan, spinach, egg and garlic. Mix well and season to taste.
4 Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish.
5 Generously spread ricotta/spinach mixture on an eggplant slice (about two heaped tablespoons), roll it and arrange in prepared dish, seam side down. Continue with remaining eggplant.
6 Top with remaining tomato sauce (1/2 cup) and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella (1 cup).
Cover with foil, reduce oven to 350F and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve.