Sunday, November 3, 2013

Eggplant Caponata Sandwich

A group of my friends decided to try to use local produce one week and since I've never cooked with eggplant, I decided to use eggplant.  I really enjoyed the flavor of it and I'll definitely cook with it again!  Eggplant is definitely a substitute for meat!

The mozzarella definitely makes this this sandwich, so don't leave that out! 

I think next time I'll use another eggplant, as it was, it was a little heavy on the tomatoes.  I also heated mine up, I didn't like it cold.

Recipe adapted from theKitchn.

makes 5 cups of caponata, enough for about 10 sandwiches
1/3 cup olive oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into small cubes, about 4 cups total
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
4 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Baguette or ciabatta bread, to serve
Fresh mozzarella, about 2 thick slices per sandwich, to serve
Fresh basil leaves, optional, to serve

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or wide, deep sauté pan and add eggplant, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
Add the olives, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, and oregano. Season again with salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Stir a few times during cooking, and add a tablespoon or two of water (or olive brine) if the mixture is too thick and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Allow caponata to cool. Spoon on bread, top with mozzarella and basil, and serve. Or, serve warm as a dip.
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