• 1 eggplant
  • 3/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon roasted garlic purée
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut in matchstick-size pieces (julienne)
  • 2 Cups California raisins
  • 1 Pound sun-dried tomatoes, cut in matchstick-size pieces (julienne)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt-packed capers, rinsed and rough chopped
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and score cut surface. Brush with 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet and roast, skin side down for 30 minutes or until soft. Cool; scoop out flesh and chop fine. Reserve.

Heat remaining olive oil in large sautépan over medium heat and sauté garlic. Add onions and sauté until caramelized to golden brown and soft. Stir in raisins and tomatoes, and continue cooking for 5 minutes over low heat. Add capers, basil, vinegar and eggplant; cook 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve at room temperature as a condiment for meats or seafood. Also makes great dip or spread.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 40%); Total Fat 10 ( Saturated Fat 1.5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 550; Potassium 1080; Total Carbohydrate 31; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 20; Protein 5; Calcium 39; Iron 3;

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- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.