Caponata Picnic Sandwiches

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

I have just been turned on to the wonderful taste of caponata, thanks to RitaL! Here is a wonderful recipe adapted from Everyday Italian!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the celery and saute until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the eggplant and saute until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
  4. Season with salt.
  5. Add the red pepper and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, raisins, and oregano.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Simmer over medium-low heat until the flavors blend and the mixture thickens, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  10. Add the vinegar, sugar, and capers.
  11. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  12. Cut the bread pieces horizontally in half.
  13. Grill the bread cut side down on a grill pan over medium high heat until golden, about 2 minutes.
  14. Rub the whole garlic cloves over the toasted side of the bread.
  15. Add a slice of mozzarella to bread bottom, spoon the caponata on top, cover with the other bread half and serve.
  16. To take for a picnic: Wrap the sandwiches separately in plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  17. Chill until ready to serve, or keep at room temperature up to 1 hour.
Most Helpful

SO VERY GOOD! We were having company to stay for a few days. I didn't want to spend all my time in the kitchen, so I made this as written up to step 11 two days before company came. The day of the picinic, I assembled the sandwiches and put them in the cooler for our picinic. These are very tasty and something different. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

jerseygirl1952 June 26, 2011

Wow! This tastes like one of those gourmet sandwiches that you'd pay $13 for at "Au Bon Pain"!!! I admit, it's a bit time consuming for a sandwich, but it is well worth the investment. BRAVO Sharon!!! BRAVO!!!!!! **** Made and reviewed for ZAARTAG ****

Mimi Bobeck October 18, 2006