Caponata is a relish-like eggplant salad that’s a classic Italian appetizer. Its other characteristic ingredients include fresh tomatoes, celery, and olives. Serve on fresh bread or slices of Italian bread that have been baked until crisp (bruschetta) for a first course before serving a pasta dinner.
- 2 medium eggplants about 3/4 pound each
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 to 3 clove garlic minced
- 2 medium celery stalks diced
- 1 pound ripe juicy tomatoes, finely diced
- 1/2 cup chopped black or green olives
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons capers optional
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano optional
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Fresh or crisp bread for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place the eggplants on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until they collapse, about 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel and chop fine.
- Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over moderate heat until translucent. Add the garlic and celery and continue to sauté until the onion is lightly browned.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the eggplant, onion mixture, reserved olive oil, and all the remaining ingredients (except the bread, of course) and stir together.
- Allow to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh herb of choice and serve with slices of fresh or grilled bread.
Per serving: Calories: 89; Total fat: 4g; Protein: 1g; Carbs 11g; Sodium: 110mg
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