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Zucchini Rollatini

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 large zucchini

Kosher salt 

1 cup ricotta 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano 

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 

1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella 

1 large egg 

1 cup marinara sauce 

Directions

Special equipment:
a mandoline
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim the ends off of the zucchini and slice lengthwise on a mandoline to about 1/8-inch thick. Reserve the 16 largest interior slices for this dish and save the rest for another use.
  3. Fill a medium ovenproof skillet with lightly salted water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add half of the zucchini slices and cook until just pliable, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel-lined platter to dry. Repeat with the remaining zucchini slices.
  4. Stir the ricotta, basil, oregano, lemon zest and 3/4 cup mozzarella together in a bowl with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat the egg well in another bowl, then add 1 tablespoon egg to the ricotta mixture and stir to incorporate. (Discard the remaining egg.)
  5. Pour the water out from the skillet and add the marinara. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
  6. While the sauce warms, lay the dry zucchini slices out on a work surface. Spoon a scant tablespoon of the ricotta filling on one end of a zucchini slice, then gently roll the zucchini up. Arrange in the skillet seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining zucchini slices and ricotta filling.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and bake until the center is bubbling and the cheese is golden in spots, 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.