Bruschetta with Olives & Raisins

The Bruschetta With Olives & Raisins is a roasted eggplant dish that has a sweet and sour sauce. This recipe brings out the deep taste of eggplant and also combines the nuttiness from pine nuts and raisins. The green olives simply blend in the sourness along with balsamic vinegar.  Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant), Red Bell pepper (Capsicum), Garlic, Blanched tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pine nuts, Sultana Raisins, Basil leaves, Black olives, Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Salt and Pepper, Baguette, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt and Pepper   Ingredients for the Eggplant Caponata 1 cup Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , diced 1 Red Bell pepper (Capsicum) 1 clove Garlic , minced 5-6 Blanched tomatoes , chopped 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tablespoon Pine nuts 1 tablespoon Sultana Raisins 1 sprig Basil leaves , finely chopped 5 Black olives , or green chopped 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar 1 teaspoon Honey Salt and Pepper , to taste *Ingredients for Bruschetta Caponata one 12-inch baguette, cut diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices Ingredients for Bruschetta Caponata 12 inch Baguette , cut diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 clove Garlic , minced Salt and Pepper , to taste     10   35     To start making Eggplant Bruschetta with Olives, we will first roast the eggplants in a wok or a heavy bottomed pan.  Heat couple of teaspoons of olive oil the wok over medium heat. Add the garlic, pine nuts, raisins and sauté until fragrant comes out.Add cut eggplants, sprinkle some salt and sautéuntil eggplants are lightly browned, soft and well cooked. Once the eggplant has softened and well roasted, add the red bell peppers and sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add the blanched and chopped tomatoes, salt, black pepper, basil, balsamic vinegar, olives, honey and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture comes to a brisk boil. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste. Turn off the heat. Allow the eggplant caponata cool and then refrigerate it for a couple of hours to chill. When you are ready to serve the Bruschetta Caponata, combine the garlic, olive oil in a small bowl and keep aside.  Brush the garlic oil mixture over the cut baguette slices.Preheat a skillet on medium heat and grill the baguette until crisp and lightly brown on both sides. Top the baguettes with the chilled Eggplant Caponata and serve.Serve Bruschetta With Olives & Raisins along with Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with Riccotta for a weekday dinner or at parties.