Caponata

5/9/2008 TAMPA -- Appetizers you can make yourself. Caponata. JAY CONNER/staff

Caponata is a great farmer’s market recipe. It uses bright red bell peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. It’s perfect to make on a weekend afternoon. And it will last all week. Caponata is a thick vegetable relish. Serve it at room temperature with grilled bread, toast or crackers. You can dress it up by crumbling some feta or goat cheese over it. You can also use it to make a sandwich: bread, caponata, crumbled goat cheese, alfalfa sprouts.

Recipe submitted from GFC Member – Kathy Williams
Adapted from: FOOD.COM

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium onions, diced
  • celery, diced,half the onion amount
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 -4 cloves garlic
  • 4 anchovies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 red bell peppers, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium eggplants, diced into 1/2 inch cubes ( approx. 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 3 cups peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives

HOW TO PREPARE

  1. Briskly sauté the onions and celery in the olive oil until the onions are brown around the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic, anchovies, salt and pepper together.
  3. Add to the onions, turn the heat way down and let it stew while dicing the bell pepper and eggplant.
  4. Add the diced pepper and eggplant.
  5. Cook over moderate heat until the eggplant is completely cooked, almost falling apart.
    (Eggplant is insatiable when it comes to oil. Don’t feed it. If the eggplant sticks too much, toss in a spoonful of water to loosen it.)
  6. Add the tomatoes and simmer, partially covered, until the tomatoes are cooked — 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in the vinegar, capers, and olives.
  8. Simmer uncovered for a few minutes (until it’s no longer watery) then fine-tune the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  9. Put in a bowl and let it cool uncovered.
  10. When it’s at room temperature, serve or refrigerate.

One Response to “Caponata”

  1. Connie Mather February 26, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    This recipe is exactly what I was looking for; I plan to transition to more and more veg. foods, and this looks like a great addition to my recipe box. Any more?