Although often served as a salad or side dish, caponata served on crisp squares of polenta becomes an appetizer here.
Cooking Light OCTOBER 2002
Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place halves, skin sides up, on foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened.
Place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel; cut into 1/2-inch squares.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add salt and black pepper; stir well. Remove from pan.
Add 2 teaspoons oil and onion to pan; cook 3 minutes or until onion begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add garlic, thyme, and anchovy paste; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Add eggplant and capers; stir well. Remove from heat.
Stir in bell pepper and parsley. Cool to room temperature before serving. Serve with Polenta Crostini.
(Totals include Polenta Crostini)
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