This recipe appears in:Grilling: Zucchini Rolls with Goat Cheese and Mint
About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.
- 1 small bunch fresh chives
- 4-5 medium zucchinis (about 2 pounds), washed, ends removed, and cut into 1/8-1/4” slices lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1 small bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 handful baby arugula
- 2 fresno peppers, or other similar hot red pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/8” matchsticks
- Type of fire: Direct
- Grill heat: high
Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil over medium heat. Blanch chives in boiling water until softened, about 15 to 30 seconds. Transfer to paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 10 minutes. Alternatively, preheat a gas grill on high heat with lid closed for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Brush zucchini with oil and season with salt and pepper, flip and repeat on second side. Grill zucchini over direct heat until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until browned on second side, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to cutting board.
Spread 1 teaspoon of goat cheese over each zucchini slice, then sprinkle with mint and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Place 1 piece of arugula and 1 piece of sliced pepper at end of zucchini slice and gently roll slice together from that end. Tie a chive around each roll to secure close. Serve warm or at room temperature.