Winter artichoke caponata

Sicilian caponata. An inseparable combination: Caponata is a fundamental Sicilian cuisine, But how can you when eggplants are not in season? If you can't give up the caponata for anything in the world, especially on the Christmas table, try the variation ' winter ', the recipe of caponata with artichokes. I can not take it really to see at Christmas on the table EGGPLANT CAPONATA, rather I make this artichoke or fanciful CAPONATA APPLES.

Pickled artichokes are another of the cornerstones of Sicilian culinary culture, and are often served as a side dish (in white, topped with breadcrumbs) or in red when you prepare with the rabbit, but in this recipe become the natural substitute of the Eggplant. And you will see that result.

Obviously the winter artichoke caponata has the taste of eggplant caponata, but the artichoke fits perfectly with this sweet and sour sauce and rich in vegetal notes. I'm sure you'll be fine. As a variation, You can add raisins and pine nuts to the recipe. I do not put them because the family tradition excludes them, but it is one of the most ' popular '. In this, you just need to have a look at all my CONI ARTICHOKES RECIPES  and my SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day!


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  • 10 artichokes
  • 12 green olives in brine
  • 1 red onion (Tropea would be ideal)
  • a handful of capers
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 400 grams of peeled tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • peanut oil for frying, to taste
  • 50 milliliters of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • a little flour to flour the artichokes


The winter artichoke caponata is a great alternative to the eggplant caponata when the eggplants are not in season. Clean the artichokes by removing the outer leaves and tough, carefully peeling the stalk and cutting tips. Then cut each artichoke in half, delete the ' Baba’ located within and soak in water acidulated with lemon juice for 15 minutes. Dry the artichokes and cut them into quarters and, If they are too big, in half again. Lightly flour them and FRY in peanut oil, then put them on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Clean the onions and slice it thinly. Cut into pieces of about half a centimetre celery. Put celery and onion in a pan with extra virgin olive oil (I could tell a yarn, but I'd be lying)  and Cook, over medium heat, until the vegetables become translucent, for about 10 minutes. Add olives and capers and then the tomato. Season with salt. Cook for 10 minutes.

Mix vinegar and sugar in a glass, so that it melts completely: raise the heat and pour the sweetened vinegar on winter artichoke caponata. Let soften the whole thing and add the fried artichokes. Put the caponata of artichokes on a plate and let cool: caponata Artichokes (as the Eggplant caponata or that apple) it serves lukewarm or even better at room temperature. Never hot. And Bon Appetit!

THE PAIRING: The usual difficult and very complex combination of wine artichokes, However cooked not long and accompanied by a sweet and sour sauce, If a match can be discreetly wine not excessive acidity and with a moderately high residual sugar, that contrasts the bitter taste of artichoke. We tried this recipe with Valdobbiadene superiore di Cartizze Docg the cellar Bisol. Its delicate aromas of Apple and peach are combined with a perlage and delicate. Is’ a balanced wine with this dish is interesting and everything to experience.

Winter artichoke caponata
Winter artichoke caponata

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ALE December 9, 2015 at 15:18

I am already cleaning the carciofiiiii!!!!! But your recipes are always amazing!!! Regards Ada dear, Remember that you always expect in Bari… 😉

Ada Parisi December 9, 2015 at 15:28

Thanks Ale!!! I recommend let me know! I adore, because really saves me itching to caponata 8 months a year to! I embrace you, I really hope to come soon in your beautiful region. ADA

Sara gulia tommasi December 9, 2015 at 10:20

How wonderful Ada! do this for many years, is a must for winter. What can I do , I'm in love with Sicilian dishes even though they are all Lombard-Veneto. good day dear!

Ada Parisi December 9, 2015 at 11:55

Sapna Tommasi you see that you have good taste. I lived in Milan 8 years, My grandmother was from Milan. I am in love with the whole Italian…

Anna December 9, 2015 at 09:45

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Ada Parisi December 9, 2015 at 11:55

Thank You Anna!!!! Will you let me know? ADA


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