Involtini is an Italian word for a small bite of food consisting of some sort of outer layer wrapped around a filling. Involtini can be made with a wrapper of meat, poultry, seafood or vegetables, with fillings like cheese, vegetables, cured meats and nuts.Today we will talk about involtini made with courgettes. It is a fresh snack we found on giallozafferano. It is in Italian so we decided to translate it in English.
2-3 courgettes (not too small though)
4 tomatoes; if you go for cherry tomatoes perhaps use 6 or 7
250 g of Mozzarella
and of course, we would always recommend our Trerus Extra Virgin Olive Oil but if you still haven’t tried it, well….just use the Olive Oil you find at Morrisons or Tesco or Sainsbury, M&S etc…
You could also use some pesto if you like but this is very much up to you and your appetite!
How to prepare the Involtini
wash the courgette and cut it along its length, which is vertically.
In the mean time whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt and put some flour in a plate. once you ve done and everything is ready, put some olive oil in a pan. Here there are three main steps you must follow:
– toss the zucchini in the egg first
– then into the flour
– then into the pan when oil is finally frying.
Sometimes we make the mistake of whisking eggs and flour together but the result is not as good as if we keep the two separate. So try our way first. The kitchen will look a bit messy but the taste of the involtini will help you forget about the cleaning.
While the courgettes are being cooked, cut the mozzarella and the tomatoes. Wash the basil if you want or prepare the pesto.
Once the courgettes are ready, lay them in a cast iron skillet (or a grill pan as long as it has detachable handle). On each slice of your now fried zucchini add the mozzarella, the tomatoes, basil (or pesto), some salt and pepper and wrap them one by one.
Put them in the oven (190Degrees Celsius) for about 10-15 minutes (it always depends on your oven so as soon as you see the mozzarella is melting, consider the possibility of removing them from the oven).
Once the mozzarella is fully melted, serve it in a nice plate and enjoy.