PHOTO BY MICHAEL PIAZZA / STYLED BY CATRINE KELTY
GRILLED EGGPLANT CAPONATA SANDWICH with a poached egg, fresh ricotta and sriracha-agave drizzle, submitted by Chef Kevin Williams of Roots Natural Foods Kitchen + Organic Juice Bar, Leominster MA
The inspiration for this sandwich comes from the bounty of local organic produce we receive weekly from Charlie’s Red House Farm in Winchendon, MA. At Roots we love to create specials based on what’s freshest off the farm, and we use all organic ingredients when possible.
1 cup diced tomato
1 cup diced red onion
3 teaspoons minced parsley
3 teaspoons capers, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Peel and slice the eggplant into ¾-inch slices. Prepare a bowl of salted water and add the eggplant; set aside for 30 minutes. Rinse, pat dry, and brush with olive oil; lightly season each side with salt and pepper. Grill on both sides, then set aside to cool. Dice eggplant and mix with all remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
6 cups water
1 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add salt and apple cider vinegar. Crack one egg into water, and cook for 2–3 minutes, depending on how you like your yolks. Remove egg with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, repeating until all eggs are cooked.
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (try to find locally-made sriracha from The Kitchen Garden Farm, Sunderland MA)
¼ cup agave nectar (or local honey)
Whisk sriracha and agave together and set aside until ready to assemble the sandwich.
4 ciabatta rolls or 8 thick slices country peasant bread
1 cup fresh local ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh local arugula
To make each sandwich, spread ricotta on both cut sides of a ciabatta roll or bread. On the bottom half layer some organic arugula, then top with a spoonful of the caponata. Place the poached egg on top and drizzle with the sriracha glaze. Season with salt and black pepper and serve.