Tapas for Vegetarians: Eggplant with Goat Cheese

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I love tapas! For me, going out for Spanish tapas is always one of my favorite ways to spend a night out. Those little plates of goodness get me every time! I just love the ability to sample so many Spanish recipes all at the same time. However, for whatever reason, Spanish food recipes always seemed like something best left to a restaurant.

Last weekend, I was invited to a potluck, and was told that I had to bring Spanish tapas. Not just any tapas too, but specifically tapas for vegetarians. I’m never one to shy away from new food-related challenges, but for this I didn’t even know where to begin. Even after my experiences at Spanish tapas restaurants, the only dishes I could think of were paella and gazpacho. Lucky for me, a good friend had just returned for a month in Spain. According to her expert opinion, I needed to make this recipe as it was one of her favorite Spanish vegetarian tapas recipes.

Eggplant with Goat Cheese
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cooking Time:
10 minutes

  • 3 small eggplant
  • 1-2 pinches salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, softened (I ended up using less than this, but you may want more cheesy rolls)
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, or more to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Peel the eggplant and slice into wide 1/4-inch thick pieces. Lightly coat the slices with salt and olive oil, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, crumble the goat cheese and add the thyme, rosemary, basil and black pepper. Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. Heat a large wide pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the eggplant slices on both sides until softened and slightly charred on the outside.
  4. Lay a piece of cooked eggplant on a plate. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the herb-cheese mixture onto the eggplant slice and roll. Repeat for all the pieces of eggplant. You may end up having extra cheese at the end.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

And here I thought that making Spanish tapas would be difficult! The best part about this recipe is that it couldn’t be easier to make, and yet it looks super fancy when you serve it to others. I haven’t cooked with eggplant since last summer, and I had almost forgotten delicious it is. If it was summer, I might have grilled the eggplant slices. However, it’s still a bit too cold outside for me. On a side note, I’ve also seen this recipe served with an herb-tomato sauce on the side. I elected not to as I thought this dish was great as is. If you need to impress friends or family, or if you just want to mix up your cooking routine, then Spanish tapas recipes are the way to go.

Your turn: Do you like Spanish tapas? Of all the Spanish food recipes out there, do you have a favorite one?

Originally published on FaveDiets


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