Zucchini Ricotta Roll-Ups

Thinly sliced zucchini surround basil-infused ricotta cheese for a delectable appetizer that is ready to serve in 10 minutes.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
medium zucchini
1/2
cup ricotta cheese
Grated peel of 1 lemon
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Olive oil
4
fresh basil leaves

  • 1 Using mandoline or sharp knife, cut 4 thin lengthwise slices from zucchini. (Refrigerate remaining zucchini for another use, or make additional roll-ups.)
  • 2 In small bowl, mix cheese, lemon peel, chopped basil, salt and pepper.
  • 3 Starting from short side, roll up each zucchini slice and secure with toothpick or skewer. Fill center of each roll-up with cheese mixture, using spoon or piping from plastic bag.
  • 4 Place roll-ups on small serving platter. Drizzle lightly with oil; garnish each with basil leaf. Sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired.

Expert Tips

For a smoky flavor, brush zucchini slices with oil and grill until slightly softened before rolling.

The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

Serve each roll-up on a small leaf of spring lettuce for additional garnish, if desired.