- 1 eggplant
- 1 sprig parsley
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 tablespoons olive verdi
- breadcrumbs to taste
- 2 oz Pecorino cheese
- olive oil to taste
- salt to taste
Wash and clean the eggplant, then slice thinly and arrange slices in a colander in layers alternating with a sprinkle of salt.
Cover them with a the lid of a pot or a plate and place a weight on top. Let the eggplant sit for 20-30 minutes.
After this time, use paper towels to remove the salt from the eggplant slices and pat them dry. Then, fry the eggplant, a couple slices at a time, in a pan filled with boiling oil.
When they are golden brown on both sides, remove the slices with a slotted spoon and lay them on a plate lined with with paper towels.
In a bowl mix together a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs, a drizzle of olive oil, the capers and chopped parsley, chopped olives and grated pecorino cheese.
Mix well and use the mixture to stuff the eggplants. Place one or two teaspoons one each slice, then roll them up.
Arrange the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchement paper and cook in 350 ° F for twenty minutes.
Once ready, serve the eggplant rolls either hot or at room temperature.
The olive tree, along with wheat and grapes, is part of the so-called “Mediterranean triad”, i.e. the set of crops that have characterized the development of the most ancient Mediterranean cultures, especially Greek and Roman.
Although archaeologists have determined that the olive tree is originally from western Asia, in all probability olive trees were also found growing on the shores of the Mediterranean, more specifically, in Syria, already more than eight thousand years ago, then spread rapidly in all neighboring countries.
Olive trees played a key role on both a practical and symbolic level wherever they grew. .
In particular, the ancient Greeks believed that the olive was able to give the strength to purify and bring peace and prosperity, because olives were considered a divine gift.
According to legend, in fact, the olive tree was given to men by the goddess Athena in a challenge launched by the father of all gods, Zeus, to determine who Ancient Greece should have been given to. With his gift, of peace and prosperity, Athena won and the most important city in the region was named after her: Athens.
Did you know that…
olive oil in ancient times, was not only a food resource, but it was also used as a cosmetic?