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Leftover Eggplant Make a Savoury Caponata Tart

Recently, I shared my simple vegetable Napoleons with you as a side dish for the goat cheese-stuffed chicken. If you make it, you will probably end up in the same boat I did: lots of leftover parts — zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, tomatoes. While that sounds like all the fixings for a good ratatouille, there’s a catch: Markipedia doesn’t really like ratatouille. Oh, he would eat it if it’s served, but why push?

He does, however, love caponata. And so do I. But caponata does not make a meal. So I created a savoury caponata tart, and for some culinary fun, I put the pastry on top of the fillings. Continue reading here for the original article.

Upside down savoury caponata tart

Upside Down Caponata Tart

David Scott Allen | Cocoa & Lavender
This tart is perfect if you're looking for a recipe to remind you of bright, fresh summer flavours! The Mediterranean juices combine beautifully for a gorgeous appetizer that's sure to impress.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Lunch Dish, Side Dish, Starter Course
Cuisine French, Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 1 lb Roma Tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1/2 lb Japanese Eggplant peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery diced
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/4 cup Black Olives pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup Sultanas
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • 2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Zucchini cut in 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 Yellow Squash cut in 1/8-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus extra
  • Butter for Pie Crust for a 10-inch Pie


  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add diced onions, tomatoes, eggplant, and celery. Season well with salt and pepper; cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, mix well, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add the pine nuts, black olives, sultanas, and oregano. Cook 1 minute longer, then add the vinegar, mix well, and turn off the heat. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle evenly with the teaspoon sugar. Arrange zucchini and yellow squash slices, overlapping, in a decorative pattern in the bottom of the skillet. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Make a second layer of squash slices and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes without disturbing, then spread the eggplant-tomato filling on top. Remove from heat and sprinkle evenly with the Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Roll out the piecrust, and place it on top of the filling and cheese. Trim edges and tuck them in around the perimeter. Using a fork, poke several steam holes in the crust. Bake the tart for 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes. If the crust seems stuck to the pan, run a paring knife around the edges. Flip the Caponata Tart over onto a large platter. Sprinkle with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano, slice and serve. The tart can be served hot or at room temperature.
Keyword Eggplant, Tarts, Zucchini
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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