In Food on November 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Tonight, we had caponata for dinner.  Mmm, delicious. Here’s a picture:

Caponata is a traditional, eggplant-based Sicilian dish. I used this recipe for ours:

It involves gently frying a variety of vegetables (ours included onion, celery, fennel, zucchini, and eggplant) and then adding in tomatoes, pine nuts, raisins, and basil and dressing it with a vinegar and tomato sauce accented by sugar, salt, and pepper. The dish is then covered, which allows the flavors to meld as the vegetables continue to steam.

I just discovered Rachel’s blog last night, and am looking forward to cooking my way through it!  Delicious Italian food, described in English. For all you English speakers out there, check it out!

I’ve also discovered that there are many varieties of Caponata: it always has eggplant, but among the ingredients that we didn’t include are capers, olives, carrots, green peppers, and even octopus! There will certainly be some variations on this recipe appearing in our kitchen in the near future!


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