Mediterranean Eggplant Caponata

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"This does not taste as good cold from the fridge so remember to bring it down to room temperature before serving. It's delicious with pita chips. "

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (279.2 g)
  • Calories 221.1
  • Total Fat - 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.4 mg
  • Sodium - 226.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.1 g
  • Sugars - 11.2 g
  • Protein - 8.6 g
  • Calcium - 55.7 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss chopped eggplant with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place a piece of unbleached parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spread eggplant in one layer over the parchment paper. Bake eggplant for 25 minutes or until tender.

Step 2

Meanwhile, sauté onion, garlic and celery over medium heat in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and eggplant. Continue to cook for 3 minutes. Add capers, pine nuts, sugar, vinegar and chili flakes, if desired. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until tomatoes are tender and vegetables are melding together.

Step 3

Garnish with minced olives. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. I suggest to bring this dip down to room temperature before you serve it.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

We really enjoyed this recipe. The temperature was 33C so I adapted the recipe to make it in my wok and not heat up the kitchen. I put 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok, medium heat and slowly roasted the eggplant, then followed along with the recipe. I cut the recipe in half. Next time I will cut back a very small amount on the vinegar. Very generous sized servings. This recipe will be made again. Thanks VegGirl for a lovely vegetable recipe

(25 Jul 2013)