Despite looking somewhat labor-intensive, this dish is pretty easy to put together. The most time-consuming part of making this dish involves the slicing and subsequent grilling of the zucchini.
By Laura Davidson
Tiny food is so much fun. There is a reason why small plates and appetizers tend to be the most creative and satisfying dishes on any restaurant menu. It all boils down to the law of diminishing returns.
- 1 lb (roughly two zucchini, preferably long and at least an inch in diameter), sliced into ⅛" inch lengths
- extra virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces soft goat cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoon finely minced fresh mint
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoon harissa paste
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
- ½ teaspoon freshly squeeze lime juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chiffonade of mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon harissa paste
- In medium sized bowl, combine goat cheese (room temperature), harissa paste, fresh mint, lime juice, zest, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Using a mandolin, carefully slice the zucchini lengthwise into ⅛ inch slices. Set the slices aside on a large rimmed baking sheet, until all of the zucchini has been sliced.
- Drizzle the slices lightly with extra virgin olive and season lightly with salt and pepper. Use your hands to carefully toss the zucchini, so each slice is very lightly covered with oil.
- Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Add slices in batches and allow to brown on each side--avoid overcrowding the pan. Carefully remove and set aside on a large plate or clean baking sheet (once the zucchini is grilled, it will be much more delicate, so be careful not to manhandle it too much.).
- One at time, lay the zucchini slices on a work surface and using a butter knife or small offset spatula, spread a very thin layer of the goat cheese mixture evenly onto each slice (not too much, as you don't want to overpower the flavor of the zucchini). Starting with one end, roll up into small rolls and set aside.
- Repeat with remaining zucchini slices.
- Drizzle a serving platter lightly with the vinaigrette (optional), top with the zucchini rolls, and serve at room temperature.