“I've seen dozens of variations of this dish, and tried several! This, by far, is my family's favorite version. Source: "Better Homes and Gardens - Italian Quick and Easy"”
READY IN:
45mins
YIELD:
4 cups
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook sweet pepper in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until tender.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove pepper from pan; set aside.
  3. Add onion and celery. Cook for 5-8 minutes or just until tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, olives, raisins, vinegar, capers, sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper to onion and celery in pan.
  5. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes,, stirring occasionally. Stir in sweet pepper.
  6. Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, cook eggplant, half at a time, in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender and browned.
  7. Transfer eggplant to paper towels to drain.
  8. Stir the eggplant into the tomato mixture. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes more.
  9. Cool caponata to room temperature. Or cover and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  10. Just before serving, stir in pine nuts. Serve caponata on toasted Italian bread.
  11. *Note: To toast pine nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 4-6 minutes or until light golden brown.

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