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Caponata On Bruschetta

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Ingredients
For caponata
  Eggplant 1 Medium, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  Salt To Taste
  Yellow onion 1 Medium
  Celery stalks 2 Small
  Red bell pepper 1 Small, seeded and deribbed
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Red wine vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Light brown sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped garlic 1 Tablespoon
  Pine nuts 2 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 3 Medium, seeded, chopped and excess juices squeezed out
  Brine cured black olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), drained, pitted and coarsely chopped
  Fresh basil leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finely chopped (Loosely Packed)
  Capers 3 Tablespoon, drained
  Raisins 2 Tablespoon, chopped
For bruschetta
  Baguette slice/Italian bread slices 8 (Each Approximately 1 Inch Thick)
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoon (Approximately)
Directions

MAKING
1) To prepare caponata put eggplant slices on paper towels.
2) Rub salt and keep aside for 15 minutes.
3) Pat dry to ask excess moisture.
4) With a knife chop eggplant, onion, celery and bell pepper into approximately 1/2-inch pieces.
5) In a heavy sauté pan warm oil over medium heat.
6) Sauté vegetables for approximately 10 minutes.
7) Stir in vinegar, sugar and garlic. Simmer for 5 minutes.
8) In a small, heavy sauté pan toss the pine nuts over medium heat till light brown.
9) Keep aside to cool for sometime.
10) Put vegetables to a medium bowl and cool in room temperature.
11) Add tomatoes, pine nuts, olives, basil, capers and raisins. Mix thoroughly.
12) Transfer content in a portable tight lid container and pack in a picnic basket.
13) Cover in a plastic wrap or place in plastic bag.
14) In a small leak proof portable container mix olive oil and garlic.
15) In the picnic basket pack everything along with basting brush.

SERVING
16) Before serving prepare a charcoal fire and let coals burn down.
17) Baste each bread slice with the garlic oil.
18) Grill on both sides turning once.
19) Mound some caponata on each slice on top.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Saute
Interest: 
Holiday, Party
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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