Zucchini Rolls w/ Herbed Goat Cheese & Roasted Peppers

This past weekend my sister’s fiance decided to throw her a surprise birthday party. She was clueless! My mom and I were trying to think of ways to keep her out of her house all day. Thank goodness we’re both engaged, we went and looked at a possible location for her wedding, had some lunch found shoes to go with my dress…it was a long day. By the end she was definitely complaining that she needed to get home before she had to go out.

When we pulled up to her place she started asking who was at her house. I practically shoved her out of the car saying how badly I needed to pee. I was afraid she would see everyone inside and ruin the surprise!! Plus I worked my butt off the night before (including my mom) to get food ready for the party.

We made hummus, sliced up some cucumber rounds, made hoisin chicken cups, hoisin scallion rolls w/ flank steak, roasted and marinated peppers for crostinis…these beauties were my favorite, thinly sliced zucchini smeared with herbed goat cheese then rolled with roasted peppers and chives. So.good. And they’re pretty! Especially for a party, save this recipe, people will love it!

Luckily all turned out well, my sister was super surprised. :) The party was a blast and everyone enjoyed the food and had a great time. Matt (her fiance) deserves a little round of applause, she loved it!

Zucchini Rolled w/ Herbed Goat Cheese & Roasted Peppers
adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine

Ingredients

4 medium-large zucchini
1 bunch chives
4 ounces creamy goat cheese
4 ounces creamy roasted red pepper goat cheese
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
kosher salt
1 jar roasted red peppers, sliced into 1/4″ pieces

Preparation

Using a mandoline slice the zucchini lengthwise, about 1/8″ thick. (I did this, was too wide so I went with smaller slices.) Place the slices on paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt to remove excess water, let stand for about 15 minutes. Pat dry before using.

Slice the chives starting from the top about 2 inches long, then repeat one more time, slicing to get 2 inch pieces. Reserve these for rolling. Thinly slice the remaining chives and use for the goat cheese mixture.

In a bowl mix together both goat cheeses, the thyme, one tablespoon of the thinly sliced chives, and cayenne. Season well with salt.

Take a slice of zucchini (patted dry) and spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture on one side. At one end of the zucchini lay out about 4 chive slices and two slices of roasted red pepper. Roll the zucchini, from the end with the chives & peppers, then stand with chive and peppers sticking out of the top. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices.

Refrigerate until ready to serve!

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10 Responses to “Zucchini Rolls w/ Herbed Goat Cheese & Roasted Peppers”

  1. May 1, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Wow Lacy! Love how you presented these! They would be perfect to serve the crowds. :)

  2. April 29, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Lacy these look just fantastic. Beautiful presentation. I have never seen roasted red pepper goat cheese, that sounds wonderful too.

  3. April 28, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Very professional looking! Love the presentation!

  4. April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    What a great presentation!! These look fabulous!! I could eat tons of them!

  5. April 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    These are stunning – I love the flavours and presentation :D
    When I get married to my prince on a white horse since I can still dream of that, I’m sure these would be most welcome ;)
    Have fun celebrating the double engagement – it is so fairytale like :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  6. April 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Just beautiful, Lacy!!! Perfect party food…and what a fun surprise for your sister :)

  7. April 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I’ve decided I want to get married again and you need to make these for me. I’ll pay you well.

  8. April 27, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    This is such a great appetizer, nice alternative to the deep fried ones out there. Also, the presentation is stunning. These look like they should be at a high end restaurant.
    I am sure all your efforts were appreciated by your sis and it was great that she was truly surprised! Happy birthday to your sister and enjoy the weekend Lacy!

  9. April 27, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    These look delicious! I have had it with eggplant, but after seeing these zucchini is next on my list! The housin chicken chicken cups also sound wonderful :) Glad your sister was surprised, sounds like a great day!

  10. April 27, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I adore herbed goat cheese and these look super light and tasty. Great party food. Two sisters both engaged, huh? Wow, it’s wedding central in your family!