Typical dish of Sicilian cuisine, it was brought for the first time by the Arabs, who landed in 827 on the beaches of the village in the province of Trapani
 
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Recipe: Eggplant caponata from Mazara del Vallo

Recipe: Eggplant caponata from Mazara del Vallo

The eggplant caponata is a typical Sicilian dish and embodies the history, aromas and vastness of the cuisine of this great island. In reality, it was the Arabs who brought the first eggplant caponata to Sicily during the landing in Mazara del Vallo. Also interesting is the popular belief linked to the origin of the name "caponata": it would seem that the wealthy lords of the time used to have a fish served in Sicily that is known as "capone" or "lampuga"; the people, being unable to afford the luxury of consuming such an expensive product, made a virtue of necessity by replacing the capone with the aubergine. It is therefore a poor dish, since the ingredients can be found easily and at a good price, and genuine, since it uses all products coming directly from the earth. It is consumed mainly in the warm months, when the aubergine is perfect and at the right point.

Ingredients

  • Eggplant 3
  • Celery 500 gr
  • Capers 50 gr
  • Pitted black olives 100 gr Onions 1
  • Tomato puree
  • 6 tablespoons
  • White wine vinegar 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste

Method

We clean and cut the aubergines into cubes of about two centimeters and put them in a colander with some coarse salt with a pseo on top to eliminate the water of vegetation. After about 40/50 minutes, rinse them, dry them and fry them in abundant oil. Place them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil. Wash the celery, remove it and cut it into small pieces. We boil in water for 10-15 minutes, drain it and put it aside. Cut the onion into slices and stew in a little water until it has evaporated. In a pan put the boiled onion with plenty, then add the peeled and chopped tomatoes. Cook for 6-7 minutes. Add the desalted capers, boiled celery, raisins soaked in warm water and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar in a little more than half a glass of vinegar and pour it in the pan. We add the fried aubergines and we turn everything to mix all the ingredients. Finish with the olives and cook for a minute and leave to cool, serving at room temperature.

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...enjoy your meal!

By Redazione

Events in Mazara del Vallo

  • The Feast of San Vito (second half of August)
    From 15-08-2019 To 31-08-2019 | Mazara del Vallo (TP)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-15 2019-08-31 Europe/Rome The Feast of San Vito (second half of August) A silver statue of the Saint is carried in procession during u fistinu, with sailors in traditional costume. Tradition is strongly felt by mazaresi is u fistinu of Santu Vitu, (the feast of San Vito), a celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city. These celebrations have their origin in the XVII century, when, on 23 August 1614, the jurors will decide to add to the Most Holy Savior, already the patron saint of the city, the fellow San Vito as patron. This decision was then approved on 8 September of the same year by the then bishop, Monsignor Marco La Cava. The celebrations, initially held within four days prior to 15 June, were subsequently moved between the penultimate and the last week of August. Traditionally the feast opens with the proclamation, a procession in seventeenth-century dresses that winds through the streets of the city, and carries out the stops to allow the herald of proclaiming the announcement. In the days following the announcement is the Historic Procession-ideal living pictures illustrating the story of San Vito and its modest educators and Crescenzia (Sts. Opens the procession on the figure of the ancient coat of arms of the city: a woman, with in hand a cup, in the act of feeding a snake (nutrit alios et spernit suos). Follow three allegorical floats which represent the virtuesù who, according to tradition, are attributed to the holy: faith, hope and strength. These were followed by the living pictures that evoke the life of the holy: The first represents the family of Vito, with the Father lla and Vito itself, surrounded by the servants and handmaids; The second represents the imperial court Roman Diocletian and daughter Valeria healed by the holy, that parade between the senators and the Roman governor Valeriano; The third represents the communityà Christian; in Rome with the pope Marcellinus surrounded by seven deacons. The fourth represents Vito to the età of martyrdom between modest and Crescenzia (Sts, and behind them the handmaids bearing palms, sign of martyrdom, the angels and the executioner. Closes the procession the carriage with the silver statue of the Saint, towed by mazaresi fishermen in traditional costume. The festivities will conclude with the shipment of the statue on a vessel, the Blessing of the sea and the launch of a laurel wreath in water, in memory of the sailors mazaresi died at sea. Mazara del Vallo

    A silver statue of the Saint is carried in procession during u fistinu, with sailors in traditional costume. Tradition is strongly felt by mazaresi is u fistinu of Santu Vitu, (the feast of San Vito),...

    Village of Mazara del Vallo

  • Rite of Aurora - Easter Sunday
    12-04-2020 | Mazara del Vallo (TP)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-12 2020-04-12 Europe/Rome Rite of Aurora - Easter Sunday During the morning of Easter Sunday, in Piazza della Repubblica takes place the rite of the Aurora: a religious rite that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. In the province of Trapani is celebrated only at Mazara and in Castelvetrano, introduced by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers not before 1667, the year in which settled in the city. In some towns of Sicily and Calabria is called addressed. Just before the nine hours, a Risen Christ, wrapped in a blanket of red and with a white flag, is conducted by the church of Santa Caterina, far below the entrance of Piazza della Repubblica, under the passage that combines the Cathedral and the Palazzo Vescovile. At the same time, a Madonna dressed in white and surrounded by a black cloak, preceded by twelve other confreres of the same company, is carried out at the other end of the piazza, on via XX Settembre. For a given sign, the Christ and the Madonna, which è removed the black mantle, are brought to the center of the piazza, and a short distance from one another, bowing three times. In the meantime, the statue of the Madonna that is hollow, are freed of white doves. Then begins the procession that bring againà the statues to the respective churches: in front of the confreres, subsequently the Christ and, more behind, the Madonna. Before 1864, the year in which it was abolished this custom, in the midst of the rite by the then via Maestranza, now via Garibaldi sbucava a man, the death of Easter, dressed with a lot of yellow canvas on which was painted a skeleton in black, with in hand a sickle and a basket. This passed between the crowd, and rescued children the Campanaro, a typical local sweet, and anything they hold in your hands with the tacit consent of parents. This character also passed in the shops of foodstuffs, taking always something. This rite is even mentioned by some ways to say common in city: Sarvatìllu pi on the morning of Easter (preserve for the morning of Easter), once used to indicate a garment out of use, becauseé during the rite of the Aurora is wearing accessories that you saw only on that anniversary; Ficiru the arora (have done the Aurora), it says to two people who are not seen for some time and which run the a meeting to another. Mazara del Vallo

    During the morning of Easter Sunday, in Piazza della Repubblica takes place the rite of the Aurora: a religious rite that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. In the province of Trapani is celebrated...

    Village of Mazara del Vallo


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