Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Eggplant

  2. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Large green olives with pits

  3. 2 lbs 908g / 32oz Eggplants - (abt 1 1/4 lbs ea) (large)

  4. 1/3 cup 78ml Extra-virgin olive oil

  5. 3 Celery stalks - thinly sliced

  6. 1/4 cup 40g / 1.4oz Golden raisins

  7. Tomato Sauce

  8. 1 Whole peeled plum tomatoes - (28 oz) - drained

  9. 3 tablespoons 45ml Extra-virgin olive oil

  10. 2 Garlic cloves

  11. Coarse salt - to taste

  12. 2 teaspoons 10ml Sugar

  13. 1 Fresh basil sprig - chopped

  14. Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

  15. Assembly

  16. 2 tablespoons 30ml Red wine vinegar

  17. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Dried red pepper flakes

  18. 1 tablespoon 15ml Unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  19. 1/4 cup 23g / 0.8oz Blanched slivered almonds

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. For the Eggplant: Smash each olive with flat side of knife or kitchen mallet to facilitate removal of pit. To eliminate strong salt flavor from olives, soak pieces in cold water for rest of preparation time, changing water 3 times.

  2. Peel eggplant. Cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 1/2-inch slices lengthwise. Cut lengths into 1/2-inch pieces. Place oil and celery in large, heavy-bottomed pot. Saute over medium heat until celery is translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add eggplant. Coat it with oil and cook, stirring so it doesn't burn or stick, about 5 minutes.

  3. Drain olives and add them to pot, mixing well. Stir in raisins. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook at low heat until eggplant is quite soft, almost a chunky paste, 40 to 60 minutes. Stir from time to time.

  4. For the Tomato Sauce: Place tomatoes in bowl and squeeze them into a puree with your hands. Place olive oil and garlic into small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. When garlic turns golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes, discard it. Stir tomatoes into oil until well-blended and "creamy." Season with salt, then add sugar, basil and several grindings of pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has thickened a bit, about 10 minutes. If sauce is ready before eggplant, turn off heat and leave it on stove until needed.

  5. For Assembly: When eggplant is ready, remove lid, turn up heat and boil away liquid that separates when mixture is pushed aside with wooden spoon. Reduce heat, add Tomato Sauce and cook uncovered until capunatina thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, add vinegar and red pepper flakes.

  6. Turn capunatina into serving bowl. Stir in cocoa powder and almonds. While it cools, stir from time to time. When it reaches room temperature, about 1 hour, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until slightly chilled, about 30 minutes. If capunatina has been made in advance, let come to room temperature 1 hour before serving.

  7. Serve this with good crusty bread to scoop it up Moroccan style.

  8. This recipe yields 12 servings.

  9. Each serving: 203 calories ; 376 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 17 grams fat; 15 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 2.12 grams fiber.


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