This is a classic vegetable charlotte…It can be made in small muffin tins for an appetizer serving, or you can make them in a normal size muffin tin and serve two to each person for a nice vegetable main dish!
I first made this for my friend Evie’s bachelorette party and the girls still talk about this recipe, and its been 2 years!
I have adapted the recipe to my own personal liking from Emeril Lagasse’s recipe…
ROASTED VEGGIE CHARLOTTES
4 appetizer servings, or 2 main course servings
- 2 medium zucchini
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small eggplant, cut into eight 1/3-inch thick slices
- 4 ounces mild goat cheese and 2 oz marscapone
- 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
- 2 teaspoons minced roasted garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram and basil (you can use oregano, parsley, anything you like!)
- 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, plus 2 tablespoons of their oil
Preheat broiler to 500 or 250c
Cut the zucchini and eggplant into rounds which will fit whatever muffin tin pan you use.
Brush with oil, S&P and broil in batches until golden and tender (around 4-6 minutes)
Mix the cheese, cream, garlic and herbs in a bowl while the veggies are broiling…
process the sun dried tomatoes with a little extra oil if needed- they dont need to be totally smooth, but not chunky either…
reduce the heat of the oven to 300 (150c)
brush the muffin tins with oil, and start layering!
start with enough zucchini slices to cover the surface and overlap a little on the sides.
then top with a slice of eggplant
then top with the cheese mixture
then some sun dried tomato
then add one more eggplant slice, and youre ready to bake!
bake for 15 minutes in the middle rack.
Place a tray on top of the muffin pan, invert quickly while holding them tighly together, and the charlottes should very easily slip out.
When I plate this, I like to drizzle it with an herb infused olive oil, and top with a fresh leaf of whatever herb you used in the goat cheese.
(you can infuse herbs in olive oil yourself for a few hours or longer)-very elegant!
You can of course change the herbs you use or mix the types of soft cheese you use, make a little bit spicy, etc. etc. for your own unique creation!
It is a little labor intensive, but seriously, its worth it.
I hope you enjoy….:)