Homemade aubergine caponata
Proponiamo una prelibata variante della caponata di melanzane, quella tipica agrigentina con l’aggiunta di mandorle tostate, molto presenti nel territorio che la rendono ancora più ricca e saporita.
Normalmente servita come antipasto o contorno già pronto o come piatto unico, è da provare come aperitivo su crostini di pane o con le piadine e la mozzarella.
Melanzane (50%), concentrato di pomodoro, SEDANO, cipolla, olio di semi di girasole, aceto di vino, zucchero, olive verdi, capperi, olio extravergine di oliva, MANDORLE, sale
The word "caponata" probably comes from "capone", that is, from the lampuga fish, a typical Mediterranean fish that was very popular in the lunches of aristocratic Sicily in the 1500s. Lampuga meat was highly prized but rather dry, so much so that it inspired the cooks of the time to serve it with a sweet and sour sauce. As is often the case, in order to conform to the traditions of great popular cuisines, the less wealthy classes, for obvious territorial and economic reasons, substituted fish with vegetables, above all aubergines.
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Aubergine Caponata in Sicilian cuisine: history, culture and tradition
Aubergine caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish that dates back to the Arab-Norman period of the island's history. This typical dish has evolved over time, thanks to the influences of the various peoples that have passed through Sicily, and today it is prepared in different versions throughout the island. Its preparation requires the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients, such as aubergines, olives, capers and tomatoes, which give the dish a unique and intense flavour. Aubergine Caponata is a true icon of Sicilian cuisine and represents the history, culture and tradition of the island.
Aubergine Caponata where and how to use it
Aubergine Caponata is a typical dish that can be served in different ways. It is usually served as an appetiser or side dish, but can also be used as a condiment for pasta or meat. It can also be used to stuff sandwiches or croutons for a tasty and original appetiser. It is a versatile dish suitable for many occasions, from a family dinner to an aperitif with friends. In addition, Aubergine Caponata is easy to prepare and can be stored in the fridge for several days, becoming even tastier as time goes by.
Aubergine caponata and health: the beneficial effects
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- antioxidants help counteract the action of free radicals, which are responsible for cellular ageing and certain diseases
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