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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Appetizers & Starters, Side
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Vegetarian
Servings 5
Calories 586 kcal


  • 1 ¼ lb eggplant
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 ¼ cup olive oil
  • 6 oz celery with leaves chopped
  • 17.5 oz plum tomatoes skinned and diced
  • 1/5 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4.4 oz green olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • pine nuts for garnish, optional


  • Cut the eggplants into 1-inch thick disks. Then quarter and sauté them in a sauté pan to release their juice. Remove the eggplants to a paper towel to dry.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan and gently cook the onion for 10 minutes until it is translucent and soft.
  • Add the celery to the pan with the onions. Sauté for about 10 more minutes, stirring regularly. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the vinegar, sugar, olives, and capers. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes until the tomatoes begin forming a thick sauce.
  • Pour the rest of the oil into a dutch oven pan until it reaches a depth of 1 inch and heat over medium heat. When the oil is very hot, add the eggplant pieces. Fry for 5 minutes, stirring every so often, until golden brown. Remove with a skimmer and drain on paper towels.
  • Add the eggplant pieces to the tomato and celery mixture. Season with salt and pepper, and then add the chopped parsley and pine nuts, if desired.
  • Let the mixture sit for 24 hours (preferably at room temperature) to allow the flavors to combine before serving.


Cooking tips:
Try to control the balance of sweet and sour flavors. It may be necessary to add more sugar.


Calories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 42gSodium: 471mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1241IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Food Group Vegetables
Keyword Healthy
Cooking Method Frying, Sauteing, Simmering
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