Jun 26
2013

Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers

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Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers is an easy and flavorful vegetarian appetizer.
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“No solicitors and no zucchini!” This is the sign that I need to plaster across my front door. You see, zucchini season isn’t far away and it’s only a matter of time before some mystery neighbor leaves a random bag of enormous green squash on our doorstep. This didn’t use to be a problem, but now we have our own vegetable garden and our plentiful bounty of zucchini.

You know those neighborhood watch signs that people put in their windows? Maybe we need one for squash squanderers. A zucchini with a big “X” through it, or a sign that says “Warning…zucchini-seeking guard dog on duty.”

Whether the zucchini comes from our own backyard or elsewhere, I figured that I need to start churning out the recipes so we’re prepared for the season. This recipe is inspired by one of the most popular recipes on my site, Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese & Olives.

Simply brush the zucchini slices with olive, season with salt and pepper, and give them a quick turn on the grill. Once they have a chance to cool down, spread some softened goat cheese on each slice, sprinkle on some diced roasted peppers and capers and roll away. That’s it. Quite honestly, I could happily eat the whole plate of rolls for lunch.

The recipe:

Preheat grill to high heat.

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Slice a strip lengthwise from the zucchini to expose the inside of the vegetable. Discard or reserve for another use. Cut the 2 ends from the zucchini to make straight edges. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips.

Brush both sides of the zucchini pieces with olive oil. Season well kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Lay the zucchini pieces on the grill. Cook until the zucchini is very tender, but not mushy, about 3 minutes per side, moving the pieces during cooking to ensure even browning.

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Remove the zucchini from the grill and set on a wire cooling rack.

Spread about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese on each zucchini slice. Divide the red pepper and capers evenly amongst the zucchini.

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Gently roll each piece of zucchini. Serve.

Other light appetizers for summertime:

Light Appetizer Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry, Brie Cheese, Honey & Basil Crostini
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp, Avocado & Rice Noodle Spring Rolls
Katie at the Kitchen Door’s Smash Pea, Dill and Feta Crostini
Southern Boy Dishes’ Cucumber Rolls with Pesto Shrimp Salad
A Couple Cooks’ Roasted Tomato Almond Dip with Grilled Bread

Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 rolls

Serving Size: 1 roll

Calories per serving: 53.8 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 53.8g / Saturated Fat 1.3g

Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 oz. herbed goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp capers

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Slice a strip lengthwise from the zucchini to expose the inside of the vegetable. Discard or reserve for another use. Cut the 2 ends from the zucchini to make straight edges. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips.
  3. Brush both sides of the zucchini pieces with olive oil. Season well kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Lay the zucchini pieces on the grill. Cook until the zucchini is very tender, but not mushy, about 3 minutes per side, moving the pieces during cooking to ensure even browning.
  5. Remove the zucchini from the grill and set on a wire cooling rack.
  6. Spread about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese on each zucchini slice. Divide the red pepper and capers evenly amongst the zucchini.
  7. Gently roll each piece of zucchini. Serve.

Notes

Calories 53.8 / Total Fat 3.8g / Saturated Fat 1.3g / Cholesterol 3.3mg / Sodium 250.8mg / Total Carbohydrates 3.7g / Fiber 1.3g / Sugar 1/3g / Protein 1.9g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 1

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan June 26, 2013 at 5:40 am

These look awesome. The perfect summer meal!

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2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 26, 2013 at 6:01 am

These look absolutely fabulous! Love this idea Dara!!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 26, 2013 at 6:51 am

I could spread goat cheese on a piece of wood and be happy!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

LOL. I hear you, Liz!

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5 Brianna June 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

Hehe. That’s so true about zucchini (the one vegetable no one feels stingy about giving!) These look delicious…what a great way to make an “okay” ingredient into a fab one! :)

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

So true about zucchini-giving. I have friends here that tell tales of people opening their car doors and slipping in bags of zucchini.

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7 Maria June 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

Just pinned this recipe! I love everything about it!

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8 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 26, 2013 at 7:37 am

Gorgeous appetizer!

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9 Bev @ Bev Cooks June 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

I. Love. This.

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10 jamie @ green beans & grapefruit June 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

These look incredible.

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11 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare June 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

I love it: “squash squanderers!” These look awesome! I bet the goat cheese and capers give it a real tangy flavor. I’ve been eating a lot of zucchini with soy sauce lately, so I’ll have to try this. Super creative!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

Zucchini sauteed with soy sauce and a little chili-garlic sauce is the perfect combination!

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13 Heather June 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

OK, 1: these look amazing and I’m pinning for dinner next week (before we get too tired of zucchini!!!) and 2: I’m sort of dying over the front door sign. It’s so true!!!

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14 Mr. & Mrs. P June 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

These are such cute little bites.. Wonderful appetizers

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15 Liz June 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

Can’t wait to try. Thank you.

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16 kelley June 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

Feel free to send all “squash squanderers” my way! These look healthy, light and delicious!

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17 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love this appetizer idea! So pretty and sounds fabulous!

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18 Barbara | Creative Culinary June 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

We are getting into zucchini season and I’m always amazed at how much just two plants can bring…so thanks for such a fun option.

Why I can’t just do one plant is beyond me but I guess I think one would be lonely. So one thing that I do with some of the abundance is to grate it and freeze 2 cup portions. Thaw and use for zucchini bread this coming winter!

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19 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

A couple of years ago, I finally figured out the benefits of grating and freezing. We make uncountable loaves of zucchini bread during the holidays and the pre-grated zucchini is such a time-saver.

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20 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough June 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

No solicitors and no zucchini… HA! I’m dying. :)

These look so tasty, and absolutely gorgeous!

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21 ashley - baker by nature June 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

You literally rolled up ALL of my favorite flavors and foods into one gorgeous roll!!! I love these SO much, Dara! On my “to make” list for sure :)

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22 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I am a super nut for zucchini especially grilled. I’ll take that bag of zucchini any day! I put it in everything!!

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23 Bill June 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Dara,
Thanks so much for including my cucumber rolls in this post! I really appreciate the referrals and I’m so glad to find your blog. It looks fantastic and I look forward to spending some time here. Grilled zucchini is one of my favorites and this recipe looks like one I’m going to try soon!

Thanks again!
Bill

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

Your recipe caught my eye and is now on my “must try” list.

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25 The Café Sucre Farine June 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Maybe you could direct your neighbors towards me, I would love a bag of zucchini on my doorstep! I’d make a big batch of these yummy roll ups!

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

The first bag or two is always welcome. It’s when I have 12+ zucchini sitting on my counter that I start getting a little twitchy. :)

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27 Nessa June 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Such great pictures! Loving this idea :)

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28 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts June 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Oh, Dara, I just got the first squash of summer from the CSA–and I’ve got goat cheese 3 ways (herbed, sun dried tomato-ed, and crumbled. I’m on it.
Thanks!

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29 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

Perfect, Kirsten! I hope you enjoy it.

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30 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I love grilled zucchini and I could easily make a meal out of these rolls!

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31 JulieD June 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I love zucchini! Especially grilled! Honestly, I wish I had that problem of someone dropping off fresh produce at my door! :)

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32 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Yummy!! And it has my favorite ingredient — goat cheese :)

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33 Joanne T Ferguson June 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

G’day Dara, what a great dish and for entertaining too!
Might have to put this on the list for my next dinner party, TRUE!
Cheers! Joanne

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34 Shareba June 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

These are so cute! They look tasty too :)

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35 Megan {Country Cleaver} June 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

How gorgeous Dara! You’re singing right to my goat cheese loving heart!

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36 Deborah June 28, 2013 at 12:21 am

I’ll take some of that zucchini on my doorstep!! :) This is such a fun appetizer and a great way to use up that zucchini!

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37 Shoba Shrinivasan July 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

I remember seeing these fab appetizer rolls in the Food TV magazne and I loved them! They had done grilled zuchinni with capers and tomatoes and some herbs. Either way I simply loved the idea. All the goodness rolled in to one. I am planning n slathering them with this amazing green goddess dressing/dip that I hve made. Tangy and salty and sweet. YUM! and I loved your clicks.

Shobha

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38 Nutmeg Nanny July 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

Oh wow! I love this recipe, these look so fun and delicious :)

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39 Angie | Big Bear's Wife July 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

mmm love Grilled Zucchini! What a great idea to stuff it!

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