Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber

Eggplant spirals filled with a mixture of yogurt, feta, lemon juice, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumber have a distinctly Greek flavor. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

A quick and fresh appetizer or side dish, these grilled eggplant rolls get some Greek love thanks to an herbed-packed blend of yogurt and feta. Diced fresh tomatoes and cucumbers add a little contrasting crunch to the creamy filling.

Why this recipe works:

  • Eggplant slices that are 1/4 inch thick are sturdy enough to hold together on the grill yet thin enough to roll up once cooked.
  • Fresh tomatoes and cucumber add a contrasting crunch to the creamy filling and tender grilled eggplant.
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Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 6-8 as an appetizer or side dish
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
Special equipment:Grill
This recipe appears in: Fruit Roll Up: How to Grill Sliced Eggplant and 3 Ways to Stuff It

Ingredients

  • For the Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup finely grated feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Eggplant Rolls:
  • 2 large eggplants, ends trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 roma tomatoes, stemmed, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Type of fire: Direct
  • Grill heat: medium-high

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Filling: Whisk together yogurt, feta, lemon juice, oregano, mint, dill, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. 2

    For the Eggplant Rolls: Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all 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 grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Brush eggplant slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill eggplant until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a large tray or cutting board and let cool for 3-5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Spread a layer of filling over each eggplant slice and top each with a single layer of tomatoes and cucumber. Roll eggplant slices into spirals and serve.

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