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Chapter: Vegetable Recipes
Section: Eggplant
Recipe: Vegetable Caponata

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Vegetable Caponata
Caponata, the traditional Sicilian condiment of eggplant, tomato, and 
anchovies, is a dark and mysterious concoction. This makeover is lighter, 
fresher in appearance-and vegetarian. With the inclusion of several garden 
vegetables, it resembles a ratatouille in both appearance and flavor. The 
recipe makes use of the season's final harvest of summer squash, eggplant, 
and tomato.

1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups diced onions
6 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups diced eggplant
3 cups diced zucchini
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced yellow summer squash
1/4 cup vegetable broth, plus additional if needed
2 cups halved, seeded and diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups drained, pitted and minced kalamata olives
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup drained, minced capers

In large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, 
garlic, oregano, pepper flakes and pinch of salt and cook, stirring 
occasionally, until onions are softened, about 4 minutes.

Add eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini, 
bell pepper, squash, broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Cover
pot with tight-fitting lid and cook until vegetables are tender, about 
10 minutes. After 5 minutes, check that some moisture remains in pot and 
vegetables aren't sticking to bottom. If necessary, add a little more 

Uncover pot and stir in tomatoes, olives, parsley and capers. Cook 
uncovered, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Serve hot.

From: Vegetarian Times
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