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

Definition of caponata

: a relish of chopped eggplant and assorted vegetables

Examples of caponata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where to Eat: On a lovely terrace overlooking the sea, La Nicchia in Scauri offers local dishes such as caponata and swordfish steaks served with tomatoes, black olives, and capers. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, "10 Secret Islands in Italy That Have All of the Beauty and None of the Tourists," 11 Nov. 2020 Along with summery vegetables, caponata often contains raisins and pine nuts, capers and green or black olives. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Caponata offers versatility on the dinner menu," 19 Aug. 2020 In my kitchen, caponata varies depending on what's at the farmers market. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Caponata offers versatility on the dinner menu," 19 Aug. 2020 In Sicily, caponata is a kind of savory preserve and often made in quantities to be used throughout the year. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Caponata offers versatility on the dinner menu," 19 Aug. 2020 The sweet and sour flavors—or agrodolce—of this caponata come from sugar and vinegar, which have historically been used to preserve Sicilian relishes and are typically included in the island’s traditional vegetable and seafood dishes. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our Best Classic Italian Recipes for Red-Sauced, Olive-Oiled Glory," 30 May 2017 Grate a little dark chocolate into tomato soup or the classic Sicilian vegetable stew, caponata — go on! Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 Try it in a caponata in lieu of the traditional eggplant. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Root, root, root for rutabaga, turnips and those other unappreciated vegetables," 8 Nov. 2019 Just as good was a rich caponata, a lavish welter of eggplant, onions, tomatoes, capers and olives. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: There’s a lot to like at La Figata in Granby... and a few disappointments," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of caponata was in 1931

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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Caponata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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