Caponata Marinara


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Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 30 minutes | Cook Time 20 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

I have made this dish for many years, complete with a few variations. Adding pinon nuts can give it a nice roasty flavor (Be sure your nuts are fresh, then pan roast them until golden brown). Adding fresh fish, such as halibut, tuna, squid, and/or salmon can make it more Mediterranean.

Feel free to mix it up.


Ingredients You'll Need

1 1-½ lbs eggplant, cubed
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, sliced thin
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted
2 slices bacon
2 cups tomato sauce
olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tbs brown sugar
fresh basil
¼ cup capers
1 tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste


Directions

FRY BACON IN PAN OVER MEDIUM HIGH HEAT.


WHILE BACON IS FRYING, PRESS EGGPLANT TO REMOVE MOISTURE.


REMOVE BACON FROM PAN. LEAVE FAT ON MEDIUM HEAT. TOSS IN EGGPLANT.


BROWN.


REMOVE EGGPLANT FROM PAN.


SET ASIDE. TO PAN, ADD OLIVE OIL, ONION, GARLIC, AND CELERY.


SAUTÉ UNTIL SOFT.


ADD TOMATO SAUCE, OLIVES, AND COCOA POWDER. SIMMER 10 MINUTES.


REMOVE FROM HEAT. PLACE IN BOWL.


ADD EGGPLANT. TOSS.


MIX BALSAMIC AND SUGAR TOGETHER IN SMALL SAUCEPAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT FOR 3 MINUTES.


ADD TO BOWL.


TOSS.


CHILL.


SERVE.


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