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Caponata over polenta with sprig of basil

Caponata (Sicilian Style Summer Vegetables)

  • Author: Chef Rachel Zierzow
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Caponata is the perfect Italian dish to make when eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh basil are in season. Enjoy as a side dish (warm or chilled) or appetizer (chopped and served on crostini).


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium eggplant, 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium zucchini, 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat large sauté pan over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, then add eggplant in a single layer. You can do two batches if all of the eggplant does not fit in a single layer. Sauté eggplant, letting it turn golden brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a large prep bowl.
  2. Add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and repeat with zucchini. Remove zucchini with a slotted spoon (to leave oil in the pan) to the bowl with the eggplant.
  3. Add onion and celery to the pan and sauté about 5 minutes.
  4. Add red bell pepper, raisins, olives, capers, pine nuts, sea salt, and red pepper flakes and sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar. Simmer until liquid has evaporated and tomatoes are well incorporated.
  6. Add fresh herbs and toss together. 
  7. Serve over corn polenta, rice, or crostini.

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