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“Recipe by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, From 12 Italian Classics You Need to Try Now. This recipe was calling me to try it but haven't as yet. However, it sounds delicious! Castronovo and Falcinelli insist that Sicilians outdo everyone in Italy when it comes to eggplant dishes. This sweet & sour variation was a recent discovery “The distinctive flavor is just killer.” Food & Wine Magazine.”
1hr 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar and stir over high heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Cook without stirring until a light amber caramel forms, about 2 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, add the vinegar.
  4. Cook the caramel over very low heat just until it softens, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes, garlic and 1/4 cup of the oil and season with salt and white pepper.
  6. Simmer over moderately low heat until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F
  8. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  9. Arrange the eggplant on the sheet and brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; season with salt and white pepper.
  10. Roast the eggplant for 10 minutes, then flip and roast for 10 minutes longer, until tender and lightly golden.
  11. Arrange the eggplant slices in an 8x11-inch baking dish in slightly overlapping rows.
  12. Spoon two-thirds of the tomato sauce on top and bake for 20 minutes, until bubbling and browned around the edges.
  13. Sprinkle the cheese and mint on top and serve warm or at room temperature, passing the remaining sauce on the side.
  14. *WINE: Try Cusumano’s plush, fruity 2005.

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