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A dish of eggplant, tomato, and other vegetables, cooked in olive oil and served at room temperature, often as an appetizer.

[Italian caponata, capponata, from cappone, capon (probably as in cappone di galera (literally, "galley capon"), a sailor's dish of cold moistened hardtack and other ingredients), from Old Italian, from Latin cāpō, cāpōn-.]
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(Cookery) (in Sicilian cookery) a dish of fried seasoned aubergine and other vegetables, served as an appetizer
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I plan to work my way through the menu in the coming weeks; Australian Angus beef steak, sea bass caponata Sicilian style, pork fillets marinated in dijon sauce and grilled calamari all appeal to my taste buds.
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Squash the cherry tomatoes a bit with the back of a spoon, then stir in half the basil and season the caponata, adding lemon juice, salt and black pepper to taste.
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The Wicked Kitchen range includes everything from sweet potato pakora wraps and rainbow curry bowls to nana's mushroom bolognaise and caponata sourdough pizza.
Finally, compliment this evening of fine wine with an amazing selection, from delicious tapas menu, consisting of mouth-watering hot and cold delights, such as Foie Gras Pate with Rosella Jelly, Smoked Duck with Vegetable Caponata, Braised Beef Check with Mashed Potato, Chari Grill Chicken Skewer with Peanut Sauce, as well as a selection of cheese & bread, not to mention the exquisite, Tuna Tartar with Wasabi Soy Sauce, made before your very eyes, from the live station and much, much more
The most iconic Sicilian recipe is caponata, a sweet and sour aubergine stew that "everyone makes - it's absolutely delicious", but in true Italian style, there can be spats over how it ought to be prepared.
First up on the mouthwatering menu was a Sicilian caponata and burrata salad, drizzled with basil-infused oil.
If you have some time, caponata and harissa are flavorful condiments that can "make the meal." Caponata is a Sicilian version of ratatouille, taking advantage of seasonal eggplant to create a savory side dish or condiment.
Recently, we were treated to a generous presentation (arranged on an irregular piece of smooth wood) of warm-from-the-oven onion focaccia, house-made caponata and baguette slices.
Chef Marco will serve from an Italian dinner set menu -- scallop bruschetta with basil and ginger, pan-fried red snapper with cauliflower-saffron puree and sweet and sour caponata, duo of prawn and beef served with purple potato, zucchini spaghetti and truffle sauce, and for dessert chocolate heart and berries with strawberry coulis.