Just whip up a classic caponata, this delicious (and healthy) Sicilian appetizer.
Caponata is a classic regional side dish that harnesses the last bit of late summer. Whether you’re hoping to hold onto summer flavors or you want a yummy snack that boosts your immune system for autumn, this simple side dish is for you.
Read on to learn more about caponata and how you can make your own at home!
Caponata is a stewed dish made up of various Mediterranean vegetables and Italian herbs and spices. It is originally a Sicilian dish that mimics the French ratatouille. But there’s a twist! Caponata has more of a sweet and sour flavor than ratatouille, called agrodolce.
In most classic caponatas, you’ll find eggplant, olives, and onions seasoned with herbs, typically served as an appetizer – either warm, room temperature, or cold.
Thankfully, caponata is a healthy dish that’s packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are a few of the healthy benefits of this yummy dish:
Caponata has become more of an appetizer or side dish, but it was originally eaten as a vegetarian main course. No matter how you enjoy it, it is delicious enough to eat on its own – just grab a spoon! Here are a few other ideas for enjoying caponata in your kitchen:
Along with bagnas, caponata might be one of my favorite authentic Italian recipes. It’s perfect for a quick snack or a fancy meal. What I love most about caponata is that you can make a big batch and chill it. Because of the vinegar and honey in it, it keeps in the fridge for weeks!