BYTES: EGGPLANT CAPONATA
¾ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large eggplant, peeled and cubed, about three cups
½ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup minced parsley
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup tomato paste
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 4-ounce can mushroom stems and pieces, undrained
½ cup small pimiento-stuffed olives
Heat the oil and the garlic in a heavy skillet. Add the eggplant, green pepper, onion, and parsley to the skillet, stirring well. Cover and cook the mixture over low heat for ten minutes.
In a small bowl, blend the sugar, oregano, basil, seasoned salt, and pepper. Add the tomato paste, water, and wine vinegar. Mix well. Add the tomato mixture to the skillet. Then, stir in the mushrooms and olives.
Cover and simmer over low heat until the eggplant is tender, but not too soft. Turn the eggplant into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate it overnight. Serve with crackers.
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