It was so good I ate mine and then said “Oh my, I forgot to take a photo of the completed meal!” Last weekend I bought eggplant at the local Farmer’s Market and didn’t want it to go to waste. I didn’t have any diced tomatoes, so used half a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I love Bianco Tomatoes as they are canned within four hours of being harvested, so super fresh tasting.
The recipe was from Food Network Magazine, and was super easy.
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 3/4-inch cubes
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes ( see note above)
3 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
4 teaspoons honey (I didn’t have any, so used a little sugar)
4 skinless hake or cod fillets (about 6 ounces each)
1 cup packed fresh parsley, large leaves torn
1/2 baguette, sliced and toasted
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and almost tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the eggplant to a large plate or bowl. Add 1 more tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add the celery and red onion and season with salt and pepper; cook until crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, capers, 1/4 cup vinegar, the honey and 3/4 cup water ( left out the water to have a thicker sauce). Stir in the eggplant, season with salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender and the mixture thickens, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the fish dry, season with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the fish and cook until it is just opaque and flakes easily, 2 to 3 more minutes.
- Toss the parsley and remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon vinegar in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Divide the caponata among shallow bowls and top each serving with a fish fillet. Top with the parsley and serve with the baguette slices. I left off the parsley and did not serve myself the baguette.