cocoa nib caponata
serves 6
1/3 cup yellow raisins age 3 of 4
1/4 cup olive oil
1 eggplant, diced, salted for 1/2 hour and patted dry
2 cloves garlic, minced
a pinch of chili flakes
2 stalks celery, diced small
1/2 medium red onion, diced small
2/3 cup diced canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 ounce chopped semi sweet chocolate
1/4 cup capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoon cocoa nibs (available at a specialty grocery)
kosher salt and freshly ground cracked black pepper
Pour boiling water over the raisins to plump. In a large sauté pan on medium high heat,
heat the oil. Add the garlic and chili flakes, stirring until fragrant, about a minute. Add
the onions and celery, and saute until the onions are transluscent, about 5 more
minutes. Add the eggplant and saute until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add
the tomatoes, vinegar, and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely incorporated.
Add the yellow raisins, capers, parsley, and cocoa nibs and stir to combine. Season to
taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool. Serve room temperature with grilled rustic
bread and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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