Zucchini Ribbon Rolls
Eva Kolenko
Yields8 ServingsCook Time45 mins
AuthorElaine Johnson

These addictive snacks fly off the platter every time. The recipe calls for a block of cheese that’s bigger than needed so it’s easy to shave into ribbons.

How to Make It

1

Using a handheld slicer such as a mandoline, thinly slice zucchini lengthwise. Choose the 24 widest slices and save the rest for salad. Using a vegetable peeler, make 24 parmesan shavings the size of the zucchini slices. Discard spinach stems, stack leaves, and cut into thin ribbons.

2

Lay 4 zucchini slices flat on a work surface. Smear each with 1/2 tsp. tapenade. Put a parmesan shaving on top; it’s okay if it breaks. Set a generous pinch of spinach at 1 end of each slice. Roll up from spinach end, close with toothpicks if you like, and set on a platter. Wipe off surface and make rest of rolls the same way.

3

To serve, drizzle rolls with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper.

MAKE AHEAD: Through step 2, chilled airtight up to 3 hours. Lift rolls and blot moisture on platter with paper towels to continue.

Ingredients

 4 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
 3 oz block of parmesan cheese
 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
 ¼ cup store-bought tapenade
 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
 Freshly ground pepper

Directions

1

Using a handheld slicer such as a mandoline, thinly slice zucchini lengthwise. Choose the 24 widest slices and save the rest for salad. Using a vegetable peeler, make 24 parmesan shavings the size of the zucchini slices. Discard spinach stems, stack leaves, and cut into thin ribbons.

2

Lay 4 zucchini slices flat on a work surface. Smear each with 1/2 tsp. tapenade. Put a parmesan shaving on top; it’s okay if it breaks. Set a generous pinch of spinach at 1 end of each slice. Roll up from spinach end, close with toothpicks if you like, and set on a platter. Wipe off surface and make rest of rolls the same way.

3

To serve, drizzle rolls with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper.

MAKE AHEAD: Through step 2, chilled airtight up to 3 hours. Lift rolls and blot moisture on platter with paper towels to continue.

Zucchini Ribbon Rolls