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Eggplant Rolls with Millet, Feta & Pine Nuts

Yields1 Serving

Wrapped in thin slices of grilled eggplant and served with yogurt sauce, pomegranate, a herb salad and a drizzle of good cold-pressed olive oil...

Ingredients for Eggplant
 3 large Italian eggplants, sliced 5 mm thick lengthwise
 1 cup millet
 2 ½ cups filtered water
 1 tbsp butter
 ½ tsp salt
 3 tbsp yogurt
 2 tbsp chopped parsley
 2 tbsp chopped mint
 100 g feta cheese, crumbled
 4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
 Salt and pepper to season
 Olive oil to brush eggplant slices
Ingredients for Tomato Sauce
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 stalk celery, chopped
 1 large onion, chopped
 4 cloves garlic, crushed
 1 tinned tomatoes (400g)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp molasses sugar
 1 cup filtered water
 ½ tsp cracked black pepper
Garnish (optional)
 Crisp basil leaves, rocket salad, yogurt and pomegranate seeds
Involtini
1

In a saucepan, toast millet for 3 – 5 minutes over low heat. Do not allow to colour.

2

Add water, salt and butter to the millet, stir and allow to come to a boil.

3

Lower heat to a gentle simmer and cover saucepan with a tight-fitted lid.

4

Continue to cook for 5 – 8 minutes or until water appears to have been absorbed by the millet completely, then turn off the heat.

5

Allow to stand for 20 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

6

Once the millet has cooled to room temperature, add chopped herbs, feta cheese, pine nuts and yogurt, and fluff together. Set aside.

7

Meanwhile, preheat a heavy grill pan over medium high heat.

8

Brush eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on one side.

9

Place on the very hot grill and cook for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes on each side to get grill marks. Do not overcook the eggplant; they will be difficult to work with if overcooked.

10

Place a spoonful of the millet filling on the wider end of each eggplant slice.

11

Roll the slices and place them seam side down on a baking tray.

12

Set aside and reheat in a preheated 180°C oven when ready to serve.

Tomato Sauce
13

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and sweat celery, onion and garlic until soft, but without colouring.

14

Season with salt, pepper, sugar and oregano and continue to cook for another three minutes on medium low heat.

15

Add tinned tomatoes along with water and gently simmer for 15 minutes.

16

Using an immersion blender, pulse to obtain a chunky puree.

17

Keep warm.

Final Assembly
18

Place a ladle of tomato sauce on a warm dinner plate.

19

Place three eggplant involtini on top of the sauce and top with fresh rocket leaves tossed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice or, crisp basil leaves.