Laura Chenel’s Chèvre, Eggplant and Pesto Appetizers

These tasty rolled appetizers can be served as finger food with cocktails or as a first course on a bed of marinara sauce. Either way, the combination of goat cheese and eggplant is a winner.

Servings: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup Laura Chenel’s Chef’s Chèvre or Chabis
  • 2 Japanese eggplants
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup pesto, (used prepared or your favorite recipe)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Slice eggplant lengthwise into 1/8 “ slices, salt slices and drain for ½ hour, blot dry and brush with olive oil
  2. Preheat stovetop grill pan or outdoor grill. Lay eggplant slices on hot grill, cook 2-3 minutes or until tender, turning once. Remove from grill and hold at room temperature
  3. Spread eggplant slices with Laura Chenel’s Chèvre, top with pesto and toasted pine nuts. Roll eggplant slice around filling and secure with a toothpick.

Serve at room temperature or warm on a bed of marinara sauce. Used with permission, Laura Chenel’s Chevre