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Caponata alla Siciliana

Yield Makes 8 servings
This sweet-and-tart eggplant appetizer can be frozen for up to three months.


  • 2 medium eggplants, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup diced celery, about 3 ribs
  • 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 (2 1/2-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pita chips or toasted bread rounds

How to Make It

  1. Sauté eggplants in 1/4 cup hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until tender and slightly brown. Remove eggplant, and set aside.

  2. Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes or until golden. Add tomatoes and celery; simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until celery is tender. Stir in olives, capers, and pine nuts. Return eggplant to Dutch oven.

  3. Stir red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper into eggplant mixture. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Cool. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Serve with pita chips or toasted bread rounds.