caponata

noun
ca·​po·​na·​ta | \ ˌkä-pə-ˈnä-tə How to pronounce caponata (audio) \

Definition of caponata

: a relish of chopped eggplant and assorted vegetables

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The prohibition of work on the Sabbath gave rise to cold pasta salads, eggplant caponata and other dishes that could be prepared in advance and easily preserved, Friedman said. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Edda Servi Machlin, Holocaust survivor who kept alive Italian Jewish cuisine, dies at 93," 6 Sep. 2019 Those live fires blister the green beans in a salad of sweet peppers, olives and candied nuts; char the broccolini and cabbage that are paired with a cheese sauce and mustard vinaigrette; and roast the eggplant for the caponata. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look at Rosie Cannonball, opening today in Montrose," 28 Aug. 2019 Come party time, serve the caponata on its own as a salad, pair it with grilled chicken or bread or toss it with hot or cold pasta. NBC News, "Chefs share their favorite potluck recipes that'll feed a crowd," 15 June 2019 But mine goes to Sicily, and more specifically to the sweet-sour-bright-fresh Sicilian dish called caponata. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "This Rent Week Eggplant Dip is Absolutely an Acceptable Dinner," 10 July 2019 If possible, make the caponata a day or two ahead and keep it in the fridge so the flavors can fully combine. NBC News, "Chefs share their favorite potluck recipes that'll feed a crowd," 15 June 2019 There’s an Etna burger with caponata, and pasta alla Norma to cement the Sicilian connection at this informal spot. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Stir, in Philadelphia Museum of Art, Prepares for October Opening," 10 July 2018 For some reason caponata, the luxurious olive and caper studded appetizer of fried eggplant, was a ubiquitous accompaniment to Scotch and soda in Silver Lake in the 1960s. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Sweet and sour brinjal caponata, with chunks of eggplant and curry leaves, is scented with cumin. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "So many chutneys, so many uses," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of caponata

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caponata

Italian, from Italian dialect (Sicily) capunata, sailor's dish of biscuit steeped in oil and vinegar, chopped vegetables served similarly, from Catalan caponada dry bread soaked in oil and vinegar, perhaps from capó capon

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