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SERVES 4 AS A STARTER 1 eggplant, about 375g
1 small onion, cut crossways
into 1cm- thick slices
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tomato, deseeded and
15 kalamata olives, pitted and
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves,
1 tbsp drained capers
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped Freshly ground black pepper
8 slices ciabatta or other coarse bread, each about 1cm thick and 10cm wide
125g fresh goat’s
1 Remove about 1cm from both ends of the eggplant.
Cut it crossways into 1cm-thick rounds. Rub both sides of the eggplant slices thoroughly with salt. Let the slices sit in a colander in the sink or over a plate for about 30 minutes to draw out their bitter juices. Rinse the slices well and pat dry. Lightly brush both sides of the eggplant and onion slices with the oil.
2 Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over a medium heat – 180-230°C.
3 Brush the cooking grills clean. Barbecue the eggplant and onion slices over direct medium heat for 10-12 minutes, with the lid closed, until well-marked and tender, turning once. Remove from the barbecue.
4 When the eggplant and onion slices are cool enough to handle, coarsely chop and transfer them to a bowl. Add the tomato, olives, basil, capers, vinegar and garlic, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper.
5 Barbecue the bread slices over direct medium heat for about 1 minute, with the lid closed, or until toasted, turning once. Remove from the heat.
6 Divide the goat’s cheese evenly among the bread slices, spreading it with a knife. Spoon the caponata over the cheese, again dividing evenly. Serve at room temperature.