Photo: Cedric Angeles; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 8

Eggplant is an incredibly versatile vegetable and a good choice for meatless meals. In this cheesy Rollups recipe, eggplant stands in for a delicious substitute for pasta. Eggplants enjoy the same growing conditions as tomatoes, so try growing your own this year.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat a grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Place corn on grate, and grill, covered, until tender and lightly charred, about 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Let cool 10 minutes. Cut corn kernels from cobs.

Step 2

Place onion, almonds, garlic, smoked paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons each of the kosher salt and black pepper, and half of corn kernels (about 1 1/3 cups) in bowl of a food processor. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. While drizzling olive oil mixture into corn mixture in processor, pulse until combined with a coarse texture, about 10 times. Set aside, and reserve remaining half of corn kernels.

Step 3

Toss eggplant with remaining 3 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place on grate, and grill, uncovered, in batches if needed, until grill marks appear and eggplant is soft, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Step 4

Place 1 eggplant slice on each of 8 serving plates. Top with about 1 1/2 tablespoons romesco sauce, 1 tablespoon reserved corn kernels, and a few pieces of torn watercress. Repeat layers twice to make 8 layered stacks.

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