Friday, March 9, 2012

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese & Kalamata Olives

This recipe is from Dara over at the Cookin' Canuck. These zucchini rolls are so delicious, it's maddening!
Preheat grill to high heat. 
Using 1 large zucchini or 3 small ones, slice a strip lengthwise from the zucchini to expose the inside of the vegetable. Discard or reserve for another use. Cut the 2 ends from the zucchini to make straight edges. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips. If using a large zucchini, cut each of these strips in half crosswise. (This won’t be necessary with small zucchini.) 
Thank you, Dara, for this great recipe!
Brush both sides of the zucchini pieces liberally with olive oil. Season well with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lay the zucchini pieces on the grill at a 45-degree angle (for more attractive grill marks). Cook until the zucchini is very tender, but not mushy, about 3 minutes per side, moving the pieces during cooking to ensure even browning. 
Remove zucchini from the grill. Set a wire cooling rack on top of a bowl to give the cooling rack extra clearance from the counter. Drape the zucchini pieces on the rack to cool. This method will stop the zucchini from steaming while cooling.  
Place 3 1/2 ounces herbed goat cheese in a medium bowl. Roughly chop 1 1/2 ounces pitted kalamata olives (about 7 to 8 olives) and stir into the goat cheese.  
Spread a layer of the goat cheese mixture onto one side of each zucchini piece. Gently roll each piece of zucchini. Serve.  
Sadly, I am out of olives today, but this tasty little snack was plenty delicious without them. I will absolutely make these again. Perhaps next time, I'll even consider sharing.


  1. Wouldn't these be divine finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar? I think I'm going to have to make these again today ...

  2. Note to self: Don't look at Deborah's posts when ravenously hungry. I don't have the ingredients, time or patience and am tempted to eat my laptop like I am Cookie Monster. This sound amazing!!!!