This recipe for is for the Sicilian appetizer Eggplant Caponata, also known in some areas as “Garbliadena”. This recipe comes from my grandmother and like many Italian grandmothers it is done from memory. Measurements are virtually non-existant so you can adjust the ingredients to your personal taste.

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Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Sugar, just a couple of pinches
  • Salt and pepper
  • Eggplants, cubed (preferably with skin on)
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • Green Sicilian olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 bunch raisins
  • Celery, chopped
  • Pinenuts, about a handfull or more
  • Capers (salt packed if you can get them)
  • 1 large onion

Instructions

  • Sautee eggplant, onion and celery in olive oil until softened.
  • Add stewed tomatoes, olives, capers, raisins and pinenuts.
  • Bring to a boil then add salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and sugar.
  • Simmer until ingredients are well blended.
  • Caponata should have a good eggplant flavor that has bit of a sweet and sour undertone from the sugar, vinegar, capers and raisins.

Notes

You can serve this warm or cold on Italian bread, bruschetta, crostini etc... and it gets even better the next day.

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