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Winter artichoke caponata

Traditional Sicilian recipe

by Ada Parisi
5 min read

Winter artichoke caponata: Simple and delicious Sicilian recipe in sweet and sour. Caponata is one of the fundamental dishes of Sicilian cuisine, But How to do it 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, Perfect for surprising guests with an unusual dish.

Also the ARTICHOKES AND SOUR They are another of the cornerstones of Sicilian gastronomic culture, and are often served as outline (in white, topped with breadcrumbs) or in red when prepared with the RABBIT WITH SOUR ARTICHOKES, 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 RECIPES WITH ARTICHOKES and my SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day!


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


10 artichokes

12 green olives in brine

1 red onion

a handful of capers

3 sticks of celery

400 grams of peeled tomatoes

extra virgin olive oil


peanut oil for frying

50 milliliters of red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons of sugar

a little flour to flour the artichokes


Winter artichoke caponata is a great alternative to eggplant caponata when eggplants aren't 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, remove the 'barbetta' that is inside and soak in acidulated water 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 the absorbent paper to eliminate the 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.

In a glass mix the vinegar and sugar, so that the latter melts completely: raise the heat and pour the sweetened vinegar over the winter caponata of artichokes. 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!


MATCHING: The usual difficult and very complex combination of wine artichokes, However cooked not long and accompanied by a sweet and sour sauce, can succeed discreetly if you combine a wine with a not excessive acidity and with a moderately high sugar residue, 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. It is a balanced wine that with this dish is interesting and everything to experience.

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ALE December 9, 2015 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 09:45

try lodge amenities

Ada Parisi December 9, 2015 - 11:55

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


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