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Recipes Grilled Caponata Orzo Salad

Over the years, as you might imagine, Ken has developed some very good recipes. Here you will find two of them for your cooking and eating pleasure: KR’s Grilled Caponata and his Orzo Salad.

In September 2008, Ken won First Place at the Cloverdale Chili Cook-off.

In April 2008, Ken won First Place at the Petaluma Chili Cook-off.

Last year, he was showcasing his talents at the the 11th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. The recipe that he is used is shown below. Please enjoy this and share it with your friends and family. Download an Adobe PDF version of this Grilled Caponata recipe.

K R’s Grilled Caponata

1 medium eggplant, sliced lengthwise
1 large red onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 large heirloom tomato, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
Olive oil, for brushing vegetables, plus 1/2 cup
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup kalmata olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/4 cup golden raisins, plumped in hot water
and drained
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Heat grill to high. Brush eggplant, onion slices, and tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the eggplant for 6 to 8 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Grill the onions for 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown and just cooked through. Grill the tomato for 2 minutes per side until charred and slightly soft. Remove the vegetables from the grill and cut into 1/2-inch dice.

Place the vegetables in a medium bowl and add the olives, capers,
golden raisins and pine nuts. Mix together the garlic, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Slowly whisk in about 1/2 cup olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, add the parsley and toss, and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

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