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Italian Marinated Eggplant Antipasto


The perfect starter for a great meal. Strips of eggplant are packed into jars of Italian marinade until ready for use.

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  • 1 pound eggplant
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 fresh or dried long chili, finely chopped (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


Servings 2
Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 90mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Wash and pare eggplant. Slice into 1/2-inch thick slices, and then cut again into 1/2-inch strips.

Drop strips into a pan of boiling water. When the water returns to a boil, remove pan from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. The strips will become translucent and sink to the bottom.

Drain in colander and place a small plate on top of eggplant, adding a heavy weight (such as a gallon jug of water). Let it drain for at least an hour.

In a medium bowl, stir together the rest of the ingredients to make the marinade, and then add the eggplant, stirring gently.

Refrigerate and serve within 2 days, or pack into 2 small jars or 1 pint jar and twist the lid(s) on tightly. Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes (I boiled mine for 5 minutes instead). Keep refrigerated after opening.

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