The flavor of capers is tangy, briney, and somewhat lemony. Capers work as a flavor booster in small quantities, but too many in a dish can become overwhelming. Good capers should have a snappy and tender texture, not mushy or overly hard.
Capers are best in the dishes that first thought of using them: those from the Mediterranean and Middle East. Try them in pasta salads, with grilled fish or stewed chicken, and in dressings and marinades whenever you want a vinegary punch. Capers have also become a standard companion to lox and a main ingredient in tartar sauce.
You can find jars of capers near the pickles and other condiments in most grocery stores. Also look for them in bulk at specialty markets. Once opened, store capers covered in their brine solution and refrigerated. They will keep this way for several months. If the brine solution is strong, rinse the capers before using them.
Here are a few caper-riffic recipes for you to try:
• Quick Lemon Pepper Pasta with Capers • Hashed Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Fried Capers • Couscous with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers • Slow-Scrambled Eggs with Rosemary and Capers • Piperade with Olives and Capers
How do you use capers in your cooking?
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