From an erstwhile eggplant hater to making so many dishes with eggplant is quite a progress for me. I think eggplant is quite an adult taste and the smoky taste of roasted eggplant, even more so. I hardly know anyone who liked eggplant as a kid. Both S and me LURVE anything to do with a char grilled eggplant, and I can list at least 10 recipes in my regulars that start with this step. One of them is a caponata.
Though traditionally, it doesn’t call for roasting the vegetable, I like using a mix of one roasted eggplant and one chopped as it is. I usually use this as a filling inside a hot dog roll to make a sub-like sandwich – along with either tomatoes or pickled jalapenos and cheese if I’m feeling very generous. If I don’t have bread on hand, I like to toss this with penne and that tastes quite good too.
Here’s my version of eggplant caponata, which is somewhat different from the original recipes, but it tastes good all the same.
Time taken – Under 30 minutes Makes enough for 12-14 sandwiches or in pasta for 8 people You may halve the recipe, but leftovers will stay in the fridge for around a week and you can have quick fix meals with this on hand.