Sicilian Caponata


Serves 5-6
1 ½ lbs eggplant, cut into 1” cubes
3 tsp Pastene Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp Pastene Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
1 cup Pastene Kitchen Ready Tomatoes
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 10 oz jar Pastene Piquillo Peppers, drained
2 small celery stalks, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp Pastene Capers, drained and rinsed
¼ cup Pastene Pitted Castelvetrano Olives
2 Tbsp honey
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp Pastene Red Wine Vinegar or Pastene Prosecco Wine Vinegar
¼ cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp flat parsley, chopped
fresh mint, garnish
¼ cup Pastene Pignoli
fresh cracked ground black pepper and salt to taste


Prep Time: 90 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. 
  • Place the eggplant cubes in a large colander and season with salt.
  • Set aside for 20 to 30 minutes to sweat out the bitterness while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Then, pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a large bowl, toss the eggplant, garlic and a drizzle of olive oil to coat. Place eggplant on a sheet pan and roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, piquillo peppers, and celery. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, tossing regularly until softened.
  • Add the tomatoes, capers, olives, honey, bay leaf and red pepper flakes. Add the vinegar and white wine. Stir to combine. Simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the roasted eggplant and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes in the sauce. Finish with fresh parsley, mint and pignoli.
  • Let the caponata sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving, or store in the fridge overnight. This can be served cold or at room temperature. 

This recipe is also delicious served on a toasted ciabatta as a bruschetta. Slice the ciabatta bread and brush each slice with a bit  of extra virgin olive oil on both sides. Arrange on a sheet pan and toast in your heated oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

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