Hope Wissel

Tasty Tuesday: Wicked Good Spice Mixes Eggplant Caponata

Another YUMMy recipe from Rachel at Wicked Good Spice Mixes.  I love eggplant but hubby isn’t a fan so I haven’t tried this personal but it has gotten rave reviews from friends
  • 1 large Vadalia onion, diced
  • 2-3 tbs. of GARLIC EXPLOSION
  • 2 – 3 tbs Tuscan Bistro
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tablespoons BALSAMIC VINEGAR
  • 3 tsp drained capers
  • 6 – 8 fresh chopped basil
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup olives (mixed and pitted)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add eggplant, onion, and garlic explosion,  sauté until eggplant is soft and brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, then red wine vinegar and drained capers.
  4. Cover and simmer until eggplant and onion are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.
  5. Season caponata to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Mix in fresh basil.
  7. Transfer caponata to serving bowl.
  8. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold. (Caponata can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.)
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