Caponata

Caponata 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Caponata 150

Caponata is a Sicilian sweet-and-sour eggplant relish or salad often served as part of an antipasto platter. It can also be spooned onto toasted baguette slices or used as a base sauce for pasta.

  • Portion size 1 serving
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: September 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant (about 1-1/2 lb/750 g)
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nut
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup quartered pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley

Method

Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes. In bowl, toss eggplant with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the salt. Transfer to colander; let drain for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat, stirring often, until light golden, about 3 minutes; set aside.

Rinse eggplant; drain and pat dry. In large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; saut?ggplant, in batches, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to bowl; set aside.

In large saucepan, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the remaining oil over medium heat; fry celery and onion until softened, about 8 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic and remaining salt ; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in raisins, olives, vinegar, capers, sugar and pepper. Stir in eggplant and remaining oil; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in pine nuts and basil. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week. Let come to room temperature.)

Nutritional facts Per 2 tbsp 25 mL : about

  • Sodium 53 mg
  • Protein trace
  • Calories 54.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 4 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 12.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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