This vegan eggplant involtini (aubergine involtini) recipe is the veganized version of the classic Italian dish.
This dish is the definition of comfort food. This vegan eggplant involtini recipe is very creamy, soft on the inside, and full of flavor.
Eggplant Involtini Ingredients
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Eggplant Involtini Wine Pairing
by our Sommelier Ramón Barreiro @pejobarreiro
The harmonies between the wines and the foods are nothing other than the coincidence of the aromatic compounds between the drink and the food. Flavors and textures also play an important role in harmonizing food and wine and must be considered.
However, we always have to start from the aromas because it is the most complex variable in this gastronomic relationship, and without a doubt, the one that can give us the most exciting and delicious options.
Deciding on Harmony
Whenever I decide on harmony, I ask myself how I am seasoning my food: what spices and herbs I am using. For our Eggplant Involtini, the essential seasoning comes in the filling, rosemary. The other condiments, or ingredients with dominant flavors, are nutritional yeast, reminding us of nuts, bread, or even cheese, and vegan béchamel, with its touch of nutmeg.
Creamy sauces have the particularity of enhancing herbaceous aromas so that we can count on the aromatic complexity of rosemary having an additional vehicle.
From this sensory analysis of the recipe, we have then a seasoning that stands out, the rosemary. From there, we will look for possible pairings. A rosemary sprig has a powerful smell that we always recognize as rosemary, but its complex notes can remind us of wood, conifers, eucalyptus, cloves, and flowers.
What wines have these aromas? We usually find them in white wines.
And from there I will choose two of my three suggestions.
The traditional suggestion, which I base on enhancing cultural harmonies, is the choices that locals make between their cuisine and regional wines. Eggplant Parmigiana, the dish on which our Involtini recipe is based, is typical of Italy’s entire southern region. Among the various options of white wine in this vast area, I recommend a Greco di Tufo. This is a fresh white typical of the Campania area, which will enhance very well the fresh origin of the Mediterranean garden of our dish.
A second traditional suggestion follows in the footsteps of the classic harmonies of Mediterranean cuisine. This is why we chose a rosé wine, and why not, the rosé that is most associated with the Mediterranean, a Cotes de Provence Rosé.
This is a fresh and light wine in whose coupage the ever-present Grenache stands out, a grape that often recalls the herbaceous aromas that we associate with rosemary. Also, rosé is a cultural choice in Mediterranean gastronomy for garden dishes.
The third suggestion is the playful and unexpected one. The white grape that I associate most with conifers and flowers is Riesling. Therefore, to seek maximum harmony with our dish, we chose a Riesling Troken. This is the driest style of German white wines made with this wonderful variety.
Our last suggestion is to be adventurous and experiment. You can choose one of the three wines we hand-picked. But why not try the dish by tasting the three of them and comparing the different harmonies they produce with this delicious Eggplant Involtini dish.
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Vegan Eggplant Involtini
- food processor
- Cooking pot
- 2 medium eggplants
- 1 salt
- Start by finely slice the Eggplant lengthways and spread the slices in a trey.
- Sprinkle salt on top of them and let them “sweat” for 30 minutes (this will remove the Eggplant’s bitter flavor).
- Now let's get into preparing the filling.
- Steam the cauliflory head of boil 1 liter of water and cook the cauliflower for 10 minutes.
- Soak the porcini mushrooms in 2 cups of warm water for 5 minutes.
- Crumble the tofu with your hands.
- Coarsely chop the parsley, onion, and garlic and stir fry them with the tofu on medium heat until the mix is fragrant and pale golden, approximately 5 minutes.
- Coarsely chop the steamed cauliflower and hydrated mushrooms and add them to the onion mix. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- In a food processor or blender, prepare a mixture with mixture plus the nutritional yeast, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
- Remove any excess salt from the eggplant layers.
- Lightly grill the eggplant layers on a grill or skillet and reserve them on a plate to start preparing the involtinis.
- Add the tofu filling to the narrow end of the eggplant slices, roll them up and place them in a skillet with some Vegan bechamel sauce on the bottom.
- Put some bechamel sauce in the skillet and place the involtini altogether.
- After finishing the rolls, top them with the rest of the bechamel sauce.
- Cook in a skillet at a medium-low temperature for about 10 minutes until they are meltingly tender.
Vegan Bechamel Sauce Recipe
- Cooking pot
- Start making the bechamel by melting the olive oil on a saucepan and adding the flour.
- When it starts to brown, cook it for 1 minute more and add the vegetable milk.
- Stir with a whisk until it starts to get creamy. Add the nutmeg, salt, and pepper.