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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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,, "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,, "So many chutneys, so many uses," 11 June 2018 Before either of these experiences, my acquaintanceship with eggplant was limited to tiny cans of Progresso caponata, whose ebullient, colorful exterior hinted at the flavor within. Evan Kleiman,, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Larger plates include beef tenderloin with bone marrow butter; heritage pork chop with apricot and port mostrada; whole fried fish with charred lemon and caponata; half roasted chicken with spicy tomato sauce and couscous; and chuckeye prime rib. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New La Vista 101 restaurant opens today," 29 May 2018 Two apps really shined as starters: Polenta and caponata is the surprise find. Marc Bona,, "Flying Fig quietly maintains its wonderful place in Cleveland's culinary world," 3 May 2018 To make the caponata: toss eggplant in olive oil and salt. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 There’s pasta aplenty, from fettuccine Alfredo to pappardelle Bolognese with roasted kale to lasagna alla Norma with caponata and parsnip crema. Devra First,, "Grassona’s Italian: so old-school it’s new again," 29 Mar. 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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