We love these tender-firm cubes of eggplant pickled Italian-style, with salt, white wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil, infused with red pepper flakes, garlic, and oregano. The key to success with this tangy, bright-tasting antipasto is to let it age gracefully: The longer the eggplant sits in the marinade, the more the flavors meld and mellow. While three days is the shortest recommended time, we’ve enjoyed this crostini topper for up to 10 days after making it. Keep the pickled eggplant refrigerated in an airtight container. The olive oil will solidify, so just before serving, remove the pickle from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you plan to serve it, or until the oil liquefies.
We featured this recipe in our Christmas Day Feast, Italian Style photo gallery.