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eggplantI have so many yummy veggies left from the farm, so I decided to make a great caponata to use them up. I used a Tyler Florence recipe and adapted it to use up what I had in the fridge.

This is delicious warm, cold or room temperature. Sever on toasted bread as an appetizer, mix with pasta or serve with chicken or fish for an easy dinner. This is a very versatile dish…and yummy too!

Ingredients…

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

dash of red pepper flakes

1 large eggplant, cubed

1 zucchini cubed

2 ribs of celery cubed

2 tomatoes, halved and seeds squeezed out, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 medium red onion, chopped

3 tablespoons capers, drained

1/2 cup pitted kalamata and green olives

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

pinch sugar

handful of torn fresh basil

salt and pepper

Directions…

Pour the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant in the oil. Add red pepper flakes. Cook until brown, be sure to stir often. Add the tomatoes, red pepper, zucchini, celery and onion cook for about 15 minutes until the veggies are soft. Add the capers, olives, balsamic vinegar, sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Lower the heat and slowly simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes until thickened.

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I made this dip this weekend for a family BBQ and it was a hit! Everyone has been requesting the recipe…so here it is! Serve with the pita chips below or with sliced veggies. Either way, it’s addictive and just delicious!

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

1 jar of drained roasted red peppers

1 small container of marscapone cheese

big handful of parsley

1 tbsp capers

juice of a 1/2 of lemon

salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor. I love my Cuisinart mini-chopper for this job! Pulse until everything is mixed and to your desired consistency. I like to leave the dip with a little texture.

Pita Chips for dipping

Whole grain flatbread sliced into wedges

Olive oil

Cumin

Coriander

Salt and Pepper

Lay the pita wedges on a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle a pinch of the cumin and coriander on each wedge. Bake at 400 until golden brown.

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