Caponata I recipe
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Yeildings: 6servings
Direction and Ingredients
Amount Ingredient Preparation
2 pounds eggplant cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup olive oil, extra-virgin more, if necessary
2 each garlic cloves mashed
1 medium red onion peeled cut in half, and sliced
2 cups celery sliced
2 cups tomatoes ripe paste eg. Roma, chopped
3 each bay leaves (or more) (break dried leaves in 2 or 3 pieces; finely chop leaves after, fresh removing petiole & midrib
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or more to taste
2 tablespoons capers small or large ones chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted, or other brine-cured olives coarsely chopped
1 x salt
1 x pepper freshly ground
1/4 cup basil fresh sliced thinly at the last minute
3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted or chopped walnuts
1 x parsley chopped fresh
 Place the eggplant cubes in a colander and sprinkle them generously
with salt. Let stand at least 1/2 hour; rinse well under cold water,
drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Gradually add the eggplant, stirring constantly. Add more oil as
needed to keep the eggplant from sticking.

As soon as all the eggplant is in the pan, gradually add the garlic,
onion and celery. Cook until hot through but not browned, keeping
the heat as high as possible. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaves,
vinegar, capers, and olives. Mix well and lower the heat to simmer.
Cook for about 15 to 2 minutes, or until the eggplant is tender and
the flavor is well developed.

Season the caponata with salt, pepper, and additional vinegar as
needed. Add basil leaves, nuts, and parsley. Serve hot, at room
temperature, or chilled.

Variation: Add chopped anchovies, chunks of fish or shellfish, ham,
italian sausage, or other cooked meat to the vegetables in the last
few minutes of cooking time.

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