The paddles of prickly pears are a common ingredient in Mexico and are sold in the vegetable section of supermarkets with spindles removed. Although prickly pear trees are all over the island, the paddles have not made their way to the supermarkets yet, nor to our kitchens. I encourage you to try them out and they are best when the fruit is in season. … Read More Kapunata with Prickly Pear Paddles
I personally prefer it eaten cold but the Middle East left a strong influence on the way I prepare my food and still using the same ingredients, I like to break down the cooked eggplant with a fork to make a paste and add it to all the other cooked kapunata ingredients.
This makes it great as a dip or as part of a sharing plate with other fresh salad ingredients.
I finish off this dish with chopped cherry tomatoes and lots of mint.
It is also amazing simply spread on Maltese bread with the fresh tomatoes and mint used as a garnish.