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Caponata Stew

Caponata is a Sicilian stew traditionally made with fried eggplant and served at room temperature. This version gets its rich taste from simmered vegetables. Serve it with garlic toast, brown rice or Hummus Cakes.



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1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced (about 3 ½ cups)
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2 tsp. olive oil
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1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
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3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
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1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (about 1 Tbs.)
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8 oz. cremini mushrooms, chopped into ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
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1 28-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
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½ cup dry red wine or ¼ cup red wine vinegar
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2 Tbs. capers, drained and rinsed
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1 tsp. dried oregano


1. Place eggplant in colander, and sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand 10 minutes. Rinse under cold water, and pat dry with paper towels.

2. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and jalapeño, and sauté 10 minutes, or until onion is softened and translucent. Add eggplant and mushrooms, and sauté 10 minutes more, or until vegetables are tender.

3. Stir in tomatoes, 1 cup water, wine, capers and oregano. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 50 to 60 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
1.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
14 g
483 mg
4 g
7 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Good recipe, very tasty. I used San Marzano tomatoes instead of fire-roasted since I had those on hand. I also used a lot more oregano than what is called for. My eggplant wound up with a good bit of skin since I found the eggplant difficult to peel, but it did not seem to make a difference. I would definitely make this again, but not on a regular basis.

Sounds good, but what is a hummus cake? There is no recipe on the website for those and its suggested to go along with it. I am really curious!

Actually the recipe for the delicious Hummus Cakes is on our website. Here's the link:

I love your recipes, but it would be very helpful if you could include the serving size.

We are now including serving sizes for all recipes from February 2008 forward.

Prep times on recipes would also be a great help! Other than that, I love this site. Thanks for the service.

Great recipe with lots of flavor. Just a little long on the prep time for an ordinary meal.

How much is a serving? One cup? Two Cups

I really like this recipe. I made a few adjustments to speed up the process. I didn't peel or salt the eggplant and I only simmered it for 40 minutes. Served it with parmesan cheese on toast (just like the pic). Reminded me of pizza.

Caponata Stew is a surprising dish for many of the people I have made it for. It's relatively easy to make as the ingredients are readily available. Try it for your next party or whenever you have guests. I think the results will surprise you too!