Caponata Involtini (aubergine rolls)

These little blighters are a combination of Nigella's Involtini and Thomasina Miers Aubergine Caponata but who cares? Caponata is one of those classic Sicilian fusion dishes which, despite its aubergine and tomato roots, can include a whole range of fried and crunchy blanched vegetables; fennel, celery, courgette, cauliflower, squash, red peppers, cucumber etc.  It's more a treatment than a recipe. Wrap in a slice of griddled aubergine and they're great as a snack, vegetarian main, side for meat dishes, part of an antipasta or mezze plate etc etc. And they're surprisingly easy and can be done in stages. Best served lukewarm.

 

Yields1 Serving
 3 large aubergine
 2 courgette
 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
 12 cherry tomatoes
 4 tbsp olive oil + extra for the final bake
 1 red onion; peeled, quartered and finely sliced
 2 cloves of garlic; peeled and finely chopped
 2 sticks of celery; diced and quickly blanched in boiling water
 a generous handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
 2 tbsps chopped oregano leaves
  2 tbsp capers
 100g pitted black olives; roughly chopped
 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
 1 tbsp brown sugar (vary according to the sweetness of the tomatoes)
 1 tsp salt
 2 tbsp sultanas
 180g pot of BFS strained labneh
 4 tbsp breadcrumbs (+extra for the final bake)
1

Slice two of the aubergine into thin slices (approx. 6mm). Dice the other one and add the first and last slices that you won’t be able to roll up. Dice and add the courgettes.

2

Fry the diced aubergine and courgette in hot olive oil until it turns a rather brown shade of golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry with kitchen paper. Put the pan to one side.

3

Brush the slices of aubergine with oil and quickly griddle on both sides until just soft and nicely charred

4

Soften the onion and garlic in the diced aubergine pan, add the tomatoes (both), sugar, salt and vinegar and cook until it begins to darken.

5

Add the capers, aubergine, courgette, olives, sultanas and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the celery and allow to cool.

6

When it’s lukewarm stir in the labneh and breadcrumbs. Mash the mixture up a bit so it stays together.

7

Lay out the slices of griddled aubergine, place a small tbsp. of filling on top, roll up and transfer to small roasting tray. You should have about a dozen.

8

Top with whatever takes your fancy; grated parmesan, pesto, sunflower seeds, chopped herbs, breadcrumbs etc and bake in a 190C oven for 25-30 minutes.

9

Serve lukewarm with a splash of vinaigrette.

Ingredients

 3 large aubergine
 2 courgette
 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
 12 cherry tomatoes
 4 tbsp olive oil + extra for the final bake
 1 red onion; peeled, quartered and finely sliced
 2 cloves of garlic; peeled and finely chopped
 2 sticks of celery; diced and quickly blanched in boiling water
 a generous handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
 2 tbsps chopped oregano leaves
  2 tbsp capers
 100g pitted black olives; roughly chopped
 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
 1 tbsp brown sugar (vary according to the sweetness of the tomatoes)
 1 tsp salt
 2 tbsp sultanas
 180g pot of BFS strained labneh
 4 tbsp breadcrumbs (+extra for the final bake)

Directions

1

Slice two of the aubergine into thin slices (approx. 6mm). Dice the other one and add the first and last slices that you won’t be able to roll up. Dice and add the courgettes.

2

Fry the diced aubergine and courgette in hot olive oil until it turns a rather brown shade of golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry with kitchen paper. Put the pan to one side.

3

Brush the slices of aubergine with oil and quickly griddle on both sides until just soft and nicely charred

4

Soften the onion and garlic in the diced aubergine pan, add the tomatoes (both), sugar, salt and vinegar and cook until it begins to darken.

5

Add the capers, aubergine, courgette, olives, sultanas and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the celery and allow to cool.

6

When it’s lukewarm stir in the labneh and breadcrumbs. Mash the mixture up a bit so it stays together.

7

Lay out the slices of griddled aubergine, place a small tbsp. of filling on top, roll up and transfer to small roasting tray. You should have about a dozen.

8

Top with whatever takes your fancy; grated parmesan, pesto, sunflower seeds, chopped herbs, breadcrumbs etc and bake in a 190C oven for 25-30 minutes.

9

Serve lukewarm with a splash of vinaigrette.

Caponata Involtini (aubergine rolls)
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