Capanata

INGREDIENTS

  •    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  •    1 tablespoon sugar
  •    5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  •    2 large eggplants (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    2 medium zucchini (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    2 yellow squash (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    2 large celery ribs, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  •    3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  •    One 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained and chopped
  •    1 cup pitted kalamata olives quartered
  •    2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  •    2 tablespoons chopped oregano
  •    One 3-ounce piece aged Asiago cheese shredded

Baguette slices, for serving

STEPS

In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, and vinegar is reduced to 1/4 cup. Reserve.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat; add eggplant, celery, onion, and bell pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook vegetables until tender, then add garlic and cook one more minute. Add tomatoes, olives, parsley, and oregano. Stir until combined and heated through. Remove from heat. 

In a pan bring 4 cups of salted water to a simmer and add zucchini and squash. When a fork easily pierces the squash quickly drain and rinse under cold water to halt the cooking process. 

Fold blanched zucchini and squash into eggplant mixture, top with shaved Asiago and serve with baguette slices.

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