Caponata alla Siciliana
Caponata is a vegetarian meal, originated from the island of Sicilia. There are many different recipes for it. All of them are based on eggplants like a main ingredient. The following recipe was given to me by a friend of mine, who used to live in Italy for 10 years. Italians eat caponata as a starter and usually it is served cold.
5 eggplants medium sized
200gr green olives
150 gr tomato concentrate
1 coffee cup vinegar
3gr bitter cocoa/if you wish/
olive or sunflower oil.
Dice the eggplants and salt them to take the bitterness out.
Fry them until they are ready, take out, then fry the chopped onion.
Chop the celery and put it in boiling water with pitted olives and capers.
Boil for a while. When the celery is almost ready take the vegetables out and wash with running water.
Put everything on a big pan, add the tomato concentrate, sugar, vinegar and cocoa.
Stir with a wooden spoon.
Take out from the fire in ten minutes, add some salt. Garnish with some chopped parsley .