Eggplants Involtini

Vegan Eggplant Involtini

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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.

To make this dish you need to make a Vegan Bechamel Sauce (10 minutes) and optionally a Vegan Parmesan Cheese for the finishing (5 minutes).

Eggplant Involtini Ingredients

Eggplants Involtini Ingredients
Eggplants Involtini Ingredients

Benefits of Eating Eggplant

  • According to Healthline, the benefits of Eggplant are:
  • They are high in fiber
  • They are low in calories

Eggplants are rich in nutrients and minerals.

Eggplants have many more potential health benefits, such as promoting blood sugar control and aiding in weight loss.

From reducing the risk of heart disease to blood sugar control and weight loss, eggplants are a simple and tasty addition to any healthy diet.

Eggplants Involtini

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.

Eggplants Involtini
Eggplants Involtini

Creamy sauces have the particularity of enhancing herbaceous aromas so that we can count on the aromatic complexity of rosemary having an additional vehicle.

Eggplants Involtini
Eggplants Involtini

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.

Eggplants Involtini
Eggplants Involtini

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.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld  on Instagram. Cheers!

vegan eggplant involtini

Vegan Eggplant Involtini

This vegan eggplant involtini (aubergine involtini) recipe is the veganized version of the classic Italian dish.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 253 kcal

Equipment

  • food processor
  • Skillet
  • Cooking pot

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 salt

Filling:

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Serve hot.
Vegan Bechamel Recipe
Vegan Parmesan Recipe
Wine Pairing by our Sommelier Ramón Barreiro @pejobarreiro
  • Italian – Fresh White – Greco di Tufo
  • French – Rosé – Grenache, Cotes de Provence 
  • German – White – Riesling Troken
 

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 23gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1843mgPotassium: 1746mgFiber: 17gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1326IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 4mg
Keyword filling, tofu
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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Eggplant Involtini
Amount per Serving
Calories
253
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
1843
mg
80
%
Potassium
 
1746
mg
50
%
Carbohydrates
 
41
g
14
%
Fiber
 
17
g
71
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
1326
IU
27
%
Vitamin C
 
97
mg
118
%
Calcium
 
106
mg
11
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 from 4 votes

Vegan Bechamel Sauce Recipe

This Vegan Bechamel Sauce is super creamy, quick to make, and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Preparation, Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: bechamel, quick
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Gus
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Cooking pot
  • Whisk

Materials

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

This sauce gets sticky very quickly, so; you should make it just when everything is ready to assemble.
Plant milk: any plant milk will work here. Good creamy replacements for almond milk are unsweetened oat milk and soy milk.

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