Jimmy's Caponata

25 g (1 oz) FRAGATA black olives, pitted and chopped
1 heaped tbsp FRAGATA capers
6 tbsp olive oil
2 large eggplants, diced
1 small onion, chopped
400-g (12 oz) Italian (Roma) tomatoes, skinned, diced and blitzed in a food processor
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
¼ head celery, chopped
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
200-g (8 oz) cooked chicken or turkey. You can also use tuna.
¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley to garnish
  • Heat olive oil/ghee in a pan, add eggplant and fry until lightly coloured. Drain on paper towel and set aside. 
  • Add onion to the pan and fry gently, stirring, for 5–7 minutes until soft. Add tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in vinegar and sugar and season to taste. Simmer the sauce for 15–20 minutes, until well reduced and richly coloured. 
  • Meanwhile, blanch the celery in boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Add celery to the pan together with eggplant, capers, olives and pine nuts, stirring well to mix. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook gently for 30 minutes, stirring regularly. 
  • If the mixture appears too dry or the vegetables show signs of sticking, add a little chicken or turkey stock (broth) but avoid making the stew too wet. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the stew into a bowl. 
  • Allow to cool, then cover tightly and chill for at least 24 hours. Bring the stew to room temperature before serving. Adjust the seasoning and transfer to a serving dish. 
  • Flake the meat into large chunks and scatter on top. Garnish with plenty of chopped fresh parsley

(Recipes and Images Copyright Chef Jimmy Boswell 2014)


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