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  • Easy
  • Serves 6 - 8

A quintessentially Sicilian veggie dish of aubergines, tomatoes, raisins, capers and pine nuts - serve with toasted ciabatta

  • Freezable (Freeze caponata only)
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving (8)
low insalt0.4g


For the caponata

  • 100ml olive oil
  • 3 large aubergines , cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 long shallots , chopped
  • 4 large plum tomatoes , chopped
  • 2 tsp caper , soaked if salted
  • 50g raisin
  • 4 celery sticks, sliced
  • 50ml red wine vinegar
  • handful toasted pine nuts and basil leaves

For the bruscetta

  • 8 slices ciabatta
  • olive oil , for drizzling
  • 1 garlic clove


  • STEP 1

    Pour the olive oil into a large heavybased saucepan or casserole, place over a medium heat and add the aubergines. Cook for a good 15-20 mins until they are soft. Scoop the aubergines out of the pan – you should be left with some olive oil. Add the shallots and cook for about 5 mins until they are soft and translucent. Add the tomatoes and cook slowly, so they break down and turn to a soft mush, then add the aubergines back to the pan. Now put in the capers, raisins, celery and vinegar, season well and cover with a lid. Cook over a low heat for 40 mins, until all the vegetables are soft. Stir gently so it doesn’t break up too much; the stew should smell sweet and sour.

  • STEP 2

    When the caponata is cooked, leave to cool slightly while you make the bruschetta. Heat a griddle pan, drizzle the bread with olive oil and griddle until toasted and lightly charred on both sides, then rub with a garlic clove and season. Serve the warm caponata scattered with the basil leaves and pine nuts, with bruschetta on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2012

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