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 Top with a pile of couscous and some of the caponata. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 Each parcel was seared to bring out the caponata’s savory aspect, making those morsels the surprising highlight of the plate. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Described as an American brasserie, the restaurant’s menu includes oysters, salads, caponata, scallops crudo, lobster mac and cheese, Maui Cattle Company burger, and a selection of desserts like chocolate haupia pie, sacher torte, and tiramisu. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 May 2017

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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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“Caponata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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