Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts

Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts

Serves: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts


  • 18 slices grilled eggplant
  • 200 gram fresh goat cheese or cream cheese
  • 100 gram black olive tapenade
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted


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Are you getting tired of having the same thing for dinner every night? If you’re looking for something that’s going to break you out of your instant-ramen-funk, then you’ve come to the right place!

This recipe for Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts checks every box. Cheesy, smokey, savory, and ready to devour in under 30 minutes! This dish is fancy enough to impress your guests at your next dinner party and simple enough to throw together at the end of the long day. The weather is getting warmer, so if you don’t feel like setting the table, throw some of these tasty roll-ups into a basket and eat them for a picnic!

With only four ingredients, these eggplant rolls will probably be the easiest thing you’ve ever made. The perfect recipe for new cooks, they’re more ingredient-assembly than actual cooking! The main ingredient is roasted eggplant slices. However, if you don’t want to slice, season, and roast them yourself, you can always get frozen eggplant slices or buy some from your local Italian deli.

The recipe also calls for tapenade, a puréed or finely chopped mix of olives, capers, and anchovies. This may sound like a lot of intense flavors, but trust us when we say you don’t want to skip out on this ingredient. It brings the perfect amount of zest and tanginess to this otherwise light and creamy dish. If you’re feeling ambitious, feel free to make the tapenade yourself! However, if you want to save some time and some mess, you can find a perfectly delicious pre-made olive tapenade at your local grocery store.

Another great thing about this recipe is it’s easy to customize for any diet. Vegan? Just swap the goat cheese out for some cashew cheese! These rolls will taste great with whatever cheese you choose!

Once you’ve got your roasted eggplant and your cheese of choice, it’s time to assemble! Layout the eggplant slices, give them a generous smear of cheese, then load them up with those crunchy pinenuts and tangy tapenade. Roll them up, secure them with a toothpick, and you’re done!

These Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts can be served hot, room temperature, or cold! They’re delicious at any temperature. These rolls are a perfect appetizer or side dish with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a handful of olives. Serve them with some roasted salmon and a warm, crusty baguette, and you’ve got a five-star dinner.

These Eggplant Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Pine Nuts will be a winning dish, so make sure to bookmark this recipe! Spread the love and share it with your friends so they can enjoy this elegant, delicious, and easy to make the meal themselves!

  1. Lightly oil a large baking dish.
  2. Taking each eggplant slice in turn, scoop 2 teaspoon's worth of cheese on the largest end of the eggplant. Top with 1 teaspoon tapenade, sprinkle with a few pine nuts, and roll up the slice.
  3. Use a toothpick to hold the roll in place, and put it in the prepared dish. This can be made a few hours in advance and refrigerated.
  4. This can be served cold, at room temperature, or lightly warmed in the oven.