Bite sized Eggplant Rollatini are the perfect finger food for holidays, parties or game day! If you are looking for a gluten free appetizer for your next get-together, give this recipe a try. They are really tasty and different than the usual party snack. This recipe will make 20-24.
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- 1 medium eggplant
- 8 slices of thin sliced ham, cut into 24 strips
- 8 slices of provolone cheese, cut into strips
- gluten free Italian seasoning
- olive oil
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup gluten free seasoned breadcrumbs
- grated Parmesan cheese
- BBQ sauce for serving
Cut the top and bottom off the eggplant, stand it on its side and peel.
Slice it lengthwise into 12 strips, make them as thin and even as you can. Trim away any heavily seeded areas.
Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet and coat lightly with olive oil. Add the eggplant slices in one layer (do it in batches) and cook briefly on each side, enough so that they can be rolled without breaking. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Lay the cooked slices on a sheet pan lined with paper towel, to remove some of the moisture.
Cut each slice of eggplant down the middle lengthwise to form strips. Layer each strip with a slice of ham and cheese.
Carefully roll up the eggplant slices and place seam side down in a baking dish. Use toothpicks to hold the bundles together. You can make the recipe ahead to this point and refrigerate, in fact chilling the eggplant rolls at this point will make them easier to work with.
Preheat the oven to 325° and set up 2 breading trays. In one bowl beat the egg with 1 tbsp. water. Add the breadcrumbs to the other bowl.
Mist a clean square baking dish with cooking spray. Using your fingers, carefully pick up one bundle at a time and dip it in the egg, shaking off the excess. Roll in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in the clean baking pan. Continue until all the bundles are breaded. Be sure to remove all toothpicks before baking.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
Finish with a drizzle of your favorite BBQ sauce and serve immediately or reheat just before serving.
Notes ♪♫ Most of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free. Be careful when purchasing cold cuts. Look for gluten free brands like Boar’s Head and be sure that they have a dedicated slicer for gluten free products at the deli. For the breading, I always use Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs. They are just the best!
Originally published 12/31/2019 Updated 12/27/2023