Eggplant With Capers and Olives

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

From: "The Vegetarian Epicure" by Anna Thomas, first edition 1972. This book was a real find! I love eggplant accompanied by strong flavors. Feel free to add herbs or red pepper flakes to taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. A large, nonstick skillet with a cover works best for this recipe.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add eggplant and cook until it begins to get soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil and saute onion and garlic until onion is golden.
  4. Add celery, tomato sauce, and a few tablespoons of water. Cover and let steam for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if necessary.
  5. Return eggplant to pan, add capers, and olives.
  6. Heat the vinegar with the sugar and add to eggplant mixture.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste, and simmer gently for another 10-15 minutes, being careful not to let it burn.
  8. Serve hot or or cold, with slices of lemon.


Most Helpful

One of the most flavorful eggplant dishes I've tried - very Mediterranean! I used calamata olives in place of the black olives to add to that taste. I also used pre-sliced green olives since I had an open jar in the fridge. I used 3T wine vinegar and 1T splenda; however, I felt that the sweetness of the splenda and wine vinegar was overpowering, next time I would use half of those two ingredients. I didn't add additional salt since olives and capers are already pretty salty. My family of 3 ate the entire thing tonight for dinner as a main course. Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders tag game.

Brooke the Cook in WI May 12, 2008

well for myself it just cannot get any better than this, all the ingredients I love! a few amount adjustments were needed, also I used chicken broth in place of water, I increased the olive oil and added in some crushed chili flakes, the full amout of capers was used and freshly ground black pepper is a must, since my DH is not a lover of capers I was delighted to enjoy this all myself! thank you for sharing Engrossed!

Kittencal@recipezazz February 08, 2008

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