Courgette rolls, also known as zucchini rolls, are a delicious and light appetizer or side dish that features thinly sliced courgette (zucchini) rolled up with a flavorful filling. Here’s a simple recipe to make courgette rolls:
- 2 medium courgettes (zucchini)
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, or dill)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Thin slices of smoked salmon, ham, or roasted vegetables for filling
- Wash the courgettes and trim off the ends. Using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler, slice the courgettes lengthwise into thin strips, about 1/8 inch thick.
- Fill a large bowl with ice water and set it aside.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the courgette strips for about 1-2 minutes until slightly softened. This will make them more pliable for rolling.
- Drain the courgette strips and immediately transfer them to the bowl of ice water. Let them cool for a few minutes, then drain and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
- Lay a courgette strip on a clean work surface and spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture onto the strip. Leave a small border around the edges.
- If desired, place a thin slice of smoked salmon, ham, or roasted vegetables on top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Roll up the courgette strip tightly, starting from one end. Repeat with the remaining courgette strips and filling.
- Place the courgette rolls on a serving platter and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow them to firm up.
- Serve the courgette rolls chilled as an appetizer or side dish.
These courgette rolls are versatile, and you can experiment with different fillings and flavors to suit your taste. They make a refreshing and healthy option for parties, gatherings, or as a light snack. Enjoy the delightful combination of tender courgette and creamy filling in each bite!