Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish that showcases the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean. This sweet and tangy eggplant relish is made with a combination of sautéed vegetables, capers, olives, and a touch of sweetness from raisins. It's a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer, a side dish, or even as a topping for bruschetta.
Sprinkle the eggplant cubes with salt and let them sit for about 30 minutes to remove any bitterness.
Rinse the eggplant cubes and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Sauté the Vegetables:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the chopped onion, diced celery, and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and lightly golden.
Add the Eggplant and Flavors:
Add the eggplant cubes to the skillet and cook until they are golden brown and softened.
Stir in the tomato puree, red wine vinegar, sugar, capers, green olives, and raisins.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine all the flavors.
Simmer and Let the Flavors Develop:
Reduce the heat to low and let the caponata simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
Transfer the caponata to a serving dish.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a pop of color and added freshness.
Caponata can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. It pairs wonderfully with crusty bread or can be served as a side dish alongside grilled meats or fish. The flavors deepen and develop over time, so it can also be made in advance and refrigerated for a day or two before serving.Savor the taste of Sicily with this flavorful Caponata recipe using products offered by Flora Fine Foods. It’s a delightful way to bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your table!