Grilled zucchini rolls with creamy spelt pearls and summer herbs

Zucchini rolls with creamy goats cheese spelt

When summer arrives, which it officially will tomorrow the 1st of June, a lot of wonderful things follow. Not only can you once again wear sandals, feel the warmth of the sun, bath in the see and eat ice cream every day, but when summer comes barbecue season follows. Since I am not a vegetarian, just a green loving girl, I do enjoy all the lovely sausages, beef, salmon, shrimps etc. that are absolutely adorable on the barbecue. But I really do prefer to enjoy it along with some grilled vegetables and leafy salads.
Sometimes it feels like the meat are getting prioritised over vegs, and people do not have the patients to wait for both the meat and the greens to get grilled and groovy – hence they skip the veggie part – not good!

So what can we do to solve this problem… I have tried to come up with some small tips on how to do this plus I’ve created a cool barbecue/vegetarian grilled dish that does not require all that much ‘stage’ time.
First of all if you are going to have all your vegetables grilled it could take a while. I would therefore recommend to only have one or two elements needing the attention of the barbecue. In this dish for example, the zucchinis are the only ones visiting – and the filling is prepared in the kitchen in advance.
Another tip is to slice and dice your veggies into thinner and smaller pieces. This way they will need shorter cooking time and they will get grilled, tasty and tender inside without the classic too burned, black surface. I like to pre marinate my vegetables in some sort of oily dressing. This way they will already have a lot of flavour, they will not stick to the grill and it is one more thing you can prepare in advance – which will make it so much easier and save time.

Zucchini rolls with creamy goats cheese spelt

This recipe turned out to be both an amazing side dish for any barbecue party, but it is actually a wonderful vegetarian main as well. The filling is made from spelt pearl, goats cheese, sour cream, raisins and flavoured with spring onions, lemon and herbs. It is easy to prepare and you can make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for the next day – trust me you’ll get addicted.
The zucchinis was actually inspired by my sisters boyfriend. He made a wonderful grilled zucchini salad last time we visited, and I got kinda hooked. He had made a honey and lemon marinate and that was just so right for these spongy and watery zucchinis – so of course I copied his golden trick and made a similar one for these sliced fellows.
The dish is obviously perfect for the barbecue, but you can easily make it on a grill pan (which was what I did for this shoot) or you could even fry them in a hot pan, the dish will be great either way. I served it as a main, it got man-approved and it was both filling and satisfying. So go out enjoy your hopefully sunny weekend and try this dish the next time you heat up the barbecue and get groovy with your grill!

Zucchini rolls with creamy goats cheese spelt

Zucchini rolls with creamy goats cheese spelt

  1. Victoria ThomsenVictoria Thomsen05-31-2013


    Lovely that my sister is a fabulous cook, that my boyfriend is too, that you get inspired by his cooking – meanwhile he’s checking your site, seeing what’s new to do ;)

    Even more fabulous is it that my talents couldn’t be further away from cooking! Then you grew up envolving yourself into a great cook, just around the same that I met my boyfriend. I went from daily take away to splendid everyday dinning.

    Therefor, thanks for cooking sis & babe!



    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene06-12-2013

      So much love to you too – My great inspiration, sister and role model!!

  2. JayJay06-03-2013

    This looks great! I’ve been looking for some cool recipes (vegitarian) to try. Keep up the good work! (pistachio/cranberry bars brought me here)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene06-12-2013

      How wonderful Jay :) Those bars are lovely too.. Hope this dish will improve your vegetarian summer!

  3. laurasmesslaurasmess06-04-2013

    Such a gorgeous recipe Josephine! I’ve never heard of spelt pearls before but they look gorgeous. A lovely recipe for Summer (though unfortunately it’s Winter over here now and I miss the sunshine terribly!)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene06-12-2013

      Oh yeah – I keep forgetting that it is not summer everywhere.. But I promise this dish will do good both inside made on the stove on a frosty day as well as grilled on a summer night!
      Spelt pearls are great, but I often cook with other grain pearls as well eg. barley, wheat, rye etc. You should definitely try it out, so much more texture and flavour, lovely..

  4. CaroleCarole06-15-2013

    Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about all things BBQ? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  5. Elyse @myveganpElyse @myveganp01-27-2014

    These look fabulous! Makes me yearn for summer

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