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Caponata - Italian

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The caponata is a traditional Sicilian side dish made with eggplants, celery, tomatoes, onions, capers, olives and basil, with a distinctive sweet and sour flavor... you can't miss it!
  Eggplants 2 1⁄5 Pound
  Capers 3 Tablespoon, drained, rinsed
  Tomatoes on the vine 500 Gram
  Onions 2 Medium
  Pine nuts 60 Gram
  White sugar 50 Gram
  Green olives 200 Gram, pitted
  Celery stalks 600 Gram
  Basil leaves 6 Small
  Extra virgin olive oil To Taste
  Coarse salt To Taste
  Red wine vinegar 100 Milliliter

1. Begin by cutting off the ends of the eggplants, wash and cut into cubes, put them in a colander and sprinkle with coarse salt.
2. Cover with a plate, place the colander in a bowl, since the eggplants will release their bitter juice. Let them rest for at least 2 hours.

3 Wash the celery stalks, remove the leaves as well as any tough strings and cut into small pieces. Then blanch in salted water for a couple of minutes, and drain.
Let the celery cool a bit, pat it dry with kitchen paper, then pan-fry in olive oil keep the flame low. After frying the celery, place it in a sieve to drain the excess oil, to make the recipe a bit lighter.
4. Cut the onions into pieces, next peel the tomatoes and cut into cubes. In another pan, put the extra virgin olive oil and the onion and sauté on a low flame for at least 15 minutes, and then add the capers, the pine nuts, olives and tomatoes cook on a high flame for at least 20 minutes.
5. Wash the eggplants, pat them dry with a clean cloth and fry them, when the eggplants are fried, combine all the ingredients and the celery stir everything increase the heat and add the sugar, which has been dissolved in about ½ cup of vinegar and cook until the sharp smell of vinegar disappears.
6. Roughly chop the basil leaves over the caponata and let it rest for an hour before serving.

7. Serve the Caponata with Italian bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Sweet Sour
Stir Fried
Preparation Time: 
140 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
180 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 331 Calories from Fat 119

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g22.3%

Saturated Fat 0.96 g4.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 471.7 mg19.7%

Total Carbohydrates 49 g16.4%

Dietary Fiber 15.6 g62.4%

Sugars 27.8 g

Protein 8 g15.8%

Vitamin A 37.3% Vitamin C 53.3%

Calcium 18.6% Iron 13.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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