Looking for a delicious vegetarian appetizer? Try these delicious stuffed and grilled vegetable bites. Each bite-sized treat is generously filled with creamy ricotta cheese that pairs perfectly with the tangy sun-dried tomatoes and aromatic basil. These delicious tapas bites are not only incredibly flavorful but also visually appealing, making them an excellent choice for dinner parties and social gatherings. With their satisfying combination of textures and flavors, these vegetable bites will be a hit with both vegetarians and meat lovers.
- 1 large eggplant (approx. 350 g)
- 1 large zucchini (approx. 300 g)
- 2 roasted peppers from a jar
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 250g can of ricotta
- 25g finely grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
- 3 sun-dried or semi-dried tomatoes in oil (from a jar), drained and finely chopped
- finely grated zest of ½ lemon
- 8 basil leaves
- small handful of parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped
- ½ tsp paprika
Cook it properly
Make sure the vegetables are cooked and nicely browned – undercooked eggplant really doesn’t taste good!
Stuffed and grilled vegetable bites
- Cut the eggplant and zucchini into thin pieces, about 2-3mm thick – you should have 8 slices each.
- Drain the peppers, rinse, remove all seeds, pat dry and then quarter.
- Mix the garlic with the olive oil and some spices.
- Heat a grill pan over medium heat.
- Brush the vegetable slices with the garlic oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until completely soft and slightly charred (you’ll need to do this in batches).
- You can also do this on a grill.
- Set aside on a plate and let cool.
- The vegetables can be grilled the day before and kept covered in the fridge – bring to room temperature before serving.
- Mix cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest and spices.
- Lay out the eggplant slices on a large board.
- Place a slice of zucchini, a strip of pepper and a basil leaf on each.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture over it and roll up the vegetables.
- Skewer with a cocktail skewer to secure.
- To serve, arrange on a plate and sprinkle with parsley leaves and paprika.
Equipment and tools
- Grill or grill
- Sharp knife
- mixing bowl
- spoon or spatula
This recipe contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products (ricotta, parmesan)
Before consumption, please consider whether you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
Store any leftover stuffed and grilled vegetable bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) and warm through, about 10 minutes.
Health benefits of stuffed and grilled vegetable bites
When it comes to healthy eating, including a variety of colorful vegetables in the diet is essential. Stuffed and grilled vegetable bites offer a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy a mix of flavors while reaping the health benefits.
1. Eggplant (eggplant)
Eggplant is a low-calorie vegetable full of important vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, eggplants contain antioxidants like nasunin, which are linked to brain health and preventing free radical damage.
2. Zucchini (zucchini)
Zucchini are rich in water, which makes them hydrating and perfect for weight control. They are a great source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and promotes collagen production for healthy skin. Zucchini also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and maintain heart health.
3. Flame roasted peppers
Flame-roasted peppers retain their natural sweetness and are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. These antioxidants play a critical role in protecting cells from free radical damage and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. Peppers also have anti-inflammatory properties and can support eye health.
Garlic not only adds flavor to the stuffed and grilled vegetable bites, but also offers various health benefits. Garlic contains compounds that boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and have antimicrobial properties. It may also help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.
5. Olive oil
Olive oil is a heart-healthy fat that provides monounsaturated fats that may help lower bad cholesterol. It also contains antioxidants that protect cells from oxidative stress, reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Including olive oil in your diet can support brain health, reduce inflammation, and improve blood sugar control.
6. Ricotta cheese
Ricotta cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, essential for building and maintaining strong bones and muscles. It also provides phosphorus, which supports kidney function, and vitamin A for healthy vision. Consuming moderate amounts of ricotta cheese can be part of a balanced diet.
7. Parmesan cheese
Parmesan cheese gives the stuffed and grilled vegetable bites a piquant note while providing calcium, protein and vitamin B12. Calcium is crucial for bone health and muscle function. Protein helps repair and maintain body tissues, while vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell production and nerve function.
8. Sun-dried or semi-dried tomatoes
Sun-dried or semi-dried tomatoes provide a concentrated source of several nutrients, including vitamins A, C and lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and promote heart health. These tomatoes also provide fiber, aid digestion and promote bowel movement regularity.
9. Basil and parsley
Both basil and parsley are herbs packed with vitamins and minerals. Basil is rich in vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. Parsley is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and iron. These herbs not only add freshness to the dish but also contribute to an overall nutritious meal.
Paprika, made from ground peppers, is a vibrant spice that adds flavor to stuffed and grilled vegetable bites. It contains capsaicin, a compound known to boost metabolism and aid weight loss. Peppers also provide antioxidants and vitamins A, E and B6.
When you enjoy stuffed and grilled vegetable bites, you can enjoy a dish that offers a number of health benefits. From their antioxidant-rich peppers to their hydrating zucchini and nourishing herbs, these bites offer a colorful and healthy addition to your diet.