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Melanzane Sott'olio (Lightly Pickled Eggplant

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Category: Appetizers, Italian, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 lb Japanese eggplant
  • 4 c Red wine vinegar
  • 4 c Water
  • 1 tb Coarse salt
  • 30 Fresh mint leaves
  • 5 lg Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 ts Red pepper flakes
  • 2 c Olive oil, or as needed


Peel the eggplants & cut them into 1/4" thick slices. Bring the vinegar,
water & salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan. In the boiling liquid, immerse
as many of the eggplant slices as possible in one layer. Lower the heat to
a simmer & set a weighted plate on top of the eggplant to keep it
submerged. Cook for about 10 minutes, until it is soft & easily pierced.
Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining slices of eggplant.
If the liquid becomes too concentrated, add 1 c more of both water &
vinegar. Arrange a layer of eggplant slices in a glass bowl. Sprinkle with
some mint, garlic & red pepper flakes. Repeat until all the layers are used
up & cover with olive oil. Cover & allow to marinate at room temperature
for 2 days. Serve as part of an antipasto or with any salad. VARIATION:
Melanzane Sott'Olio II: A stronger version. Cut the peeled eggplant into 1
1/2" thick slices. Bring 4 c red wine vinegar, 2 c water & 1 tb coarse sea
salt to a boil. Cook submerged eggplant for 5 minutes; it should be just
piercable by a knife but not soft. Drain well & proceed as above.

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