This recipe is a variation of Sicilian Caponata, which is an eggplant relish served in Sicily as a topping for brushetta or as a condiment served with meat or fish. My family loves it as a dip for tortilla chips or even by the spoonful (if no one's looking!). Be sure to microwave the eggplant, or it will absorb too much oil and become mushy.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
32
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toss the eggplant with the kosher salt and spread out onto a microwave-safe plate. Cook in the microwave on High until the eggplant is dry and has shriveled to 1/3 of its original size, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

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  • Whisk the tomato juice cocktail, vinegar, red wine, brown sugar, parsley, and anchovies together in a large bowl. Stir in the tomatoes, raisins, black olives, green olives, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, red bell pepper, and carrot; set aside.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges have browned, 4 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with the celery and onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened, about 4 minutes more. Stir in the vegetable mixture and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until the liquid thickens and begins to coat the vegetables, 4 to 7 minutes more. Scrape into a bowl and stir in the pine nuts. Refrigerate to room temperature. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrition Facts

56 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 5.3g; fat 3.2g; cholesterol 1mg; sodium 191.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
Just made mine and added Linda's toasted pine nuts which made it even better. Great as a snack in scoops. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2015
Far too many ingredients and mostly what I tasted was wine mixed with brown sugar. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
Just made mine and added Linda's toasted pine nuts which made it even better. Great as a snack in scoops. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2010
I thought this recipe was good while other people loved it. After it sat overnight the raisins kicked in and made it pretty sweet. I might omit the raisins the next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2014
This was really fantastic. It was different palette for us but it worked so well. I did not have V8 but I had extra tomatoes and carrots and celery. I added 4 cloves of garlic a jalapeno and for the anchovies I used one 2 oz can in olive oil. My raisins were not sweetened so my dish did not end up being too sweet. We skipped the pine nuts and parmesan. Overall excellent dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2012
Used crushed canned tomatoes and tomato paste in place of V8 since I didn't have any at the house. Also I omitted the cheese as I am lactose intolerant and didn't have any pine nuts on hand but this recipe was still AWESOME! The raisins and brown sugar help balance the acidity of the tomatoes vinegar and olives. I didn't microwave the eggplant as the pieces I made were so small little to no water was reserved in them. It didn't taste oily to me. Served it with pot roast and crostinis. Everyone scraped their plates! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2013
I made several minor changes to the recipe. I would rate the recipe as I made it only three stars but I believe that had I followed the recipe more closely it would have been 4 stars hence the 4 star rating. I used tomato sauce instead of V8 white vinegar used a sweeter red wine garlic stuffed green olives all zucchini instead of yellow squash omitted celery and forgot the parm. It was good and we all liked it however it was a bit too sweet. And as Oliversmom noted it got sweeter as it sat longer. Next time if I use a sweet wine again (we tend to drink sweeter wines in my household) I'll reduce the sugar and/or raisins. I'll also make sure to use the red wine vinegar I think that is probably a fairly key ingredient. Also hubby is not a pine nut fan and he believes that it would have tasted better without the pine nuts. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2015
Far too many ingredients and mostly what I tasted was wine mixed with brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2015
After three tries I just can't get this to more than a fall back for eggplants on clearance. Good and worth trying but just don't hit home for us. Read More
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