June 30, 2016
Dinner, Side Dishes, Fruit,
Raisin, Vegetables, Broccoli, Eggplant, Greek, Mediterranean, Budget-Friendly, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Make-Ahead, Entertaining, Regional Holiday, Hand Mix/Whisk, Microwave, Stove Top, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Low Cholesterol, No Eggs, Non-Dairy, Vegetarian, Wine, Canned Tomatoes more
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"Found @ seriouseatsdotcom & entered here for play in Culinary Quest #3, this recipe is full of the flavors of the Mediterranean Greek Isles that Siggi & I enjoy. I admit I had to do a bit of research on broccoli rabe. If you're as clueless as I was, my best advice is to google it for a visual. Then if you're unable to find it, feel free to use broccoli florets in roughly the same amt. This recipe was described as a "sweet & sour eggplant relish served on a sml plate unto itself at the start of & during the meal." For that reason, I have entered it as both a condiment & a side-dish. ENJOY!"
Place eggplant on a lrg plate lined w/a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Season w/salt. Top w/another triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Top w/another lrg plate. Microwave on high power until eggplant has lost most of its moisture & appears slightly shriveled, about 8 min.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a med saucepan over med-high heat until shimmering. Add onion & celery and cook (stirring frequently) until softened & translucent (about 8 min). Add eggplant & cook (stirring occ until eggplant starts to break down (about 5 min longer). Add tomato paste, capers, raisins, sugar, vinegar plus chopped tomatoes & stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer & cook (stirring occ) until reduced into a thick, stew-like consistency (about 20 min). Season to taste w/salt & pepper. Set aside.
Bring a lrg pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe & cook until tender (about 6 min). Drain in a colander & transfer to a lrg bowl. Add eggplant mixture & toss gently to combine. Season to taste w/salt, pepper & more vinegar or sugar as desired. Serve.
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Delicious! We really love eggplant and with the addition of the golden raisins, capers and tomatoes -- it is so good. I purchased broccolini (instead of broccoli rabe by accident) and it was a nice addition to the dish. Will definitely make this dish again soon. : )