Caponata Crostini

Not only is caponata a delicious topping for crostini, it's an ideal make-ahead food because it tastes better a day or so after it is made. This Sicilian eggplant dish is traditionally served at room temperature, adding to its appeal as a no-fuss party food.

Serves 4 to 6

What You Need:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14-ounce can tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 French baguette, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

What You Do:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cover, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add 1 more tablespoon of the oil and stir in the eggplant. Cook, stirring occasionally until the eggplant begins to soften.
  2. Add the bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the vegetables soften, but still hold some shape, about 15 minutes. Stir in the capers, vinegar, sugar and parsley. Taste to adjust seasoning. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature (if not serving right away, refrigerate, but bring back to room temperature before serving).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush one side of the bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven, spread the caponata onto the slices and serve immediately.

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