EITHER IF YOU LOVE OR HATE EGGPLANTS!

This recipe definitely is for you.

Here's the thing: You only think you hate eggplants. You know why? Because you haven't tried this amazing eggplant caponata, an Italian eggplant, peppers tomatoes, and onions stew that's something out of this world! You don't believe me? Well, just have a look then, and you'll thank me later!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!

• 2 medium eggplants, cut into ribbons
• 1/2 cup of sliced green peppers
• 1/2 cup of sliced yellow or orange peppers
• 1/2 cup of green peppers
• 1 large onion, sliced
• 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 can of Italian tomatoes, drained and chopped
• Salt to taste plus 1 tablespoon of salt for draining the eggplant
• Black pepper to taste
• Dried oregano or dried basil (or both) to taste
• 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
• 1/2 cup of sliced green or black olives - or both
• 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
• OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
• Pinoli (pinenuts)
• Fresh basil
• Fresh parsley
• Raisins
• Capers

Instructions

  • 1.
    Cut the eggplant, the peppers, and the onions into ribbons.
  • 2.
    Drain and chop the canned tomatoes. Set aside.
  • 3.
    Put the sliced eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for about an hour, this will remove the water from the eggplant and will make it cook faster.
  • 4.
    Rinse and pat dry the sliced eggplant. Reserve.
  • 5.
    Add olive oil to a pan, then add sliced onions, a pinch of salt, and stir for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • 6.
    Add the sliced eggplant, stir until the eggplant cooks through, it’ll be about 5 minutes.
  • 7.
    Cover the pan and let it cook for 5 more minutes, lower the heat if you think the vegetables are getting stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • 8.
    Add the garlic, stir for 50 secs
  • 9.
    Add the peppers, stir for 4-5 minutes
  • 10.
    Add salt, black pepper, and oregano.
  • 11.
    Add canned tomatoes, chopped. Stir and let it cook for 5-7 minutes more.
  • 12.
    Add sliced green olives, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar, cook for 1 minute more.
  • 13.
    Add the optional ingredients but I believe it will taste amazing if you add some extra fresh basil or parsley.
  • 14.
    Enjoy it with some toasts, as a side, or even with some spaghetti!
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