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Eggplant rolls with mozzarella and ham
(Rollitos de berenjena rellenos de mozzarella y jamón)

Argentinian eggplant rolls
This argentinian appetizer with eggplant rolls covered in a tomato sauce, then sprinkled with grated cheese are usually a big hit everytime I make them, even to those who are not big fans of the eggplants. It's pretty easy to do, may I suggest you serve this delicious recipe for your next party...

This recipe will make you about 12 rolls.


* 3 eggplants
* 12 strips of ham, about 2 inches wide
* ½ pound (225g) of diced mozzarella
* 1 cup tomato sauce
* ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Olive oil

1) Cut the eggplants lengthwise in slices, but not too thin. Place the slices in a colander of pasta or other utensil with holes to condemn the liquid, add coarse salt and let stand for one hour, so they lose their bitterness.

2) Preheat oven to 375 °F; grease a baking sheet or pan with olive oil, place the eggplant, sprinkle pepper and add a drizzle of olive oil.

3) Take the eggplant to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flip each strip and leave 10 minutes more, or until golden brown, they absolutely have to be roasted, but it is not necessary that they are fully cooked, as they will go back to the oven later once more. Leave the oven heated.

4) When done on each slice put a piece of ham, strips of mozzarella and roll carefully the eggplant strips around the ham and cheese; you shouldn’t need to use toothpicks to hold them in place.

5) Arrange all rolls on that baking sheet, cover with sauce, sprinkle some cheese over and bake for about 20 minutes.

These are best when served immediately... decorate with parsley

Buen provecho!

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