Yield: 8 Servings

Rustic Caponata Burger

It’s an Italian twist on an American classic—these burgers are topped with provolone and traditional Sicilian caponata and served on a toasted Kaiser roll.

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Ingredients
Caponata Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 1 Large Eggplant, cut into ½" cubes
  • 1 Red Pepper, cored, seeded and cut into ½" pieces
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 (14½ oz.) can Diced Tomatoes and Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Capers, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Burger:
  • 3 lbs. Ground Sirloin
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 12 oz. Polly-O Provolone
  • ¼ cup Sundried Tomatoes
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2⅔ cups Prepared Caponata, see recipe above
  • 8 ea Kaiser Rolls, toasted
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
Directions
Caponata Sauce:
  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and sauté about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggplant and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onions and peppers and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and juices, tomato paste, water and oregano. Combine.
  5. Simmer over a medium-low heat until the flavors blend together and the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the vinegar, sugar, capers, salt and pepper.
Burger:
  1. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper and form the mixture into 6 oz. patties.
  2. Slice the Polly-O Provolone into 1½ oz. slices.
  3. In a food processor, blend the sundried tomatoes and mayonnaise to prepare the tomato aioli and hold.
  4. To order, grill the burger as needed for approx. 3 – 4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.
  5. Top each burger with ⅓ cup of prepared caponata and 1 slice provolone. Continue to cook until the cheese begins to melt.
  6. To assemble, spread each side of the toasted roll with the sundried tomato aioli. Top the bottom half of the roll with the burger, ¼ cup spinach leaves and cap with the top half of the roll.
Products Used In This Recipe
Provolone, 6 lb. Loaf
UPC: 7104018846 Pack Size: 2/6 lb.