Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dish of eggplant and other vegetables, pine nuts, and anchovies, cooked in olive oil and served at room temperature, often as an appetizer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a Sicilian dish of baked aubergines with capers, olives, pine nuts etc, normally served cold

Etymologies

Italian, of Sicilian dialectal origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here's my version of eggplant caponata, which is somewhat different from the original recipes, but it tastes good all the same.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • I had this pizza called the caponata: roasted eggplant, green olives, garlic, onions, tomatoes, capers and fresh basil.

    WWdN: In Exile

  • David Prince for The Wall Street Journal, Food Styling by Brett Kurzweil, Prop Styling by Robyn Glaser Dish, clockwise from top left: Artichoke, dandelion and pecorino salad with mandarin dressing; baby artichokes, asparagus and potatoes with herb mayonnaise; grilled mahi-mahi with artichoke caponata; baby artichokes marinated in olive oil.

    The Art of the Artichoke

  • Transfer the fish to plates, top with the caponata and serve.

    The Art of the Artichoke

  • Another day, summer-squash soup ($7) and a caponata with eggplant, tomato, sauteed greens, herbs, basil and garlic served over brown rice ($10) were on the wall.

    Heavy on the Veggies

  • In France, they're a vital component of ratatouille, along with peppers and tomatoes; they play a starring role in Sicilian caponata, that combination of aubergine, celery, tomatoes and capers; and they are at their velvety best in southern Italian melanzane parmigiana, the meltingly delicious dish of layered aubergine, tomato and cheese; and, of course, Greeks love moussaka (see today's recipe).

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's aubergine recipes

  • All go for $8-$10 and are served with a side of homemade caponata.

    Sandwiches to Go

  • Author Arthur Schwartz's most recent cookbook, "The Southern Italian Table," offers recipes for classics like meatballs and caponata, but an oddball recipe for Spaghettoni all'Setaccio dell' Immondizia turns out to be the most popular.

    The Rules of Recipe Attraction

  • Beyond the array of meats and cheeses, the menu features small plates such as caponata $7, a sweet and savory Sicilian eggplant relish, amazing on bread.

    Cured, Sliced and Served

  • Hors d'oeuvres homemade fennel salami and artichoke mostarda, gutsy caponata, and even gustier bread, were served "family style" as guests meandered with a glass of wine getting to know each other.

    Rozanne Gold: Marc Vetri: A Culinary Bodhisattva

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