Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

I am finally sharing these little bite-sized roll ups with you guys! They’ve been on my “to share” list for a while now but the last two times I’ve made them, they magically disappeared before I could pick up my camera to snap a picture. Once you try these, you will totally get where I’m coming from. They are absolutely mouthwatering good!

Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

My mama makes these little eggplant roll ups smothered in mayo + garlic and topped with slice of tomato and sprinkle of cheese. It’s probably one of my favorite “russian” appetizers. I mean garlic and mayo, that’s pretty much a Russian food group. Absolutely delicious, no doubt. So I kind of went with the same roll up idea but more on a healthier side…I think.

Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Thinly sliced zucchini, grilled, then topped with the most delicious herb cream cheese (you will probably want to make an extra of the cream cheese because it can go on everything…think bagels, toast, crackers, etc.). I ended up eating the leftovers with a spoon just because I ate all the crackers prior to that. True story. This baby business is no joke.

Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Pretty much these are a must in your life. They are filled with creamy herby cream cheese then rolled up with fresh baby spinach and basil leaves. Simple, yet so so flavorful. The cream cheese is everything!

Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Pack them for a picnic, serve as an elegant appetizer or as a side dish along your favorite grilled entree. You can make these up to a day in advance. I personally love them the next day as all the flavors come together and they just melt in your mouth.

Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

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Grilled zucchini filled with herby cream cheese, baby spinach, and aromatic basil. Easy yet elegant side dish or appetizer | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Zucchini Roll-Ups with Cream Cheese


Ingredients

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  • 3 small zucchini (1 1/2 lbs. total), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices, outermost slices discarded
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced dill
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • handful fresh baby spinach leaves, stems removed
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Brush both sides of zucchini slices with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill until tender, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a platter and cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, parsley, dill, garlic, and onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on each zucchini slice. Top with one spinach leaf and one small or half of large basil leaf. Roll up and place seam down on a platter.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the zucchini slices.
  6. These can be served immediately or made a day before and stored in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.