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How To Use Capers: 10 Gourmet Recipes To Inspire You

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How To Use Capers: 10 Gourmet Recipes To Inspire You

How long has it been since you cracked open that forgotten jar of capers in your fridge? It's time you add some sharpness back to your cooking and capers are just the ingredient you need. These salty, briny, sour Mediterranean flower buds are traditionally paired with seafood but there are great in other dishes too. From appetizers and salads to succulent main courses and desserts, these gourmet recipes will show you how to use capers to kick up your meals.

STEAMED SWORDFISH BAGNARA-STYLE

Italian food master Lidia Bastianich shows you how to use capers in her delightful recipe for steamed swordfish with lemon, parsley and oregano.

VITELLO TONNATO

This classic northern Italian dish of roasted veal served with a rich and creamy tuna sauce gets its bite from capers and white wine.

FERGUS HENDERSON'S BONE MARROW

Renown British chef Fergus Henderson serves this caper-laced bone barrow main course at his famous restaurant St. John's in London.

DEVILED EGGS THREE WAYS

Choose from three different recipes for deviled eggs, one of which highlights the delicious combination of cream cheese and capers.

ITALIAN CROSTINI WITH OLIVES

Capers, black olives and pine nuts are a gorgeous pairing in this quick and easy dip served over crusty baguette slices. 

PANZANELLA

You'll want to rinse and drain capers before tossing them into this colorful Tuscan salad made with day-old bread.

MEATLOAF WITH HERB SAUCE

This mouthwatering recipe shows you how to use capers to make a tangy herb sauce to serve with modern meatloaf.

SCALLOPS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH CAPONATA

Scallops are cooked in butter and rosemary until golden then served with a fragrant butternut squash caponata infused with capers, garlic and pine nuts.

FOCACCIA WITH TOMATOES

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with chopped anchovies and capers make this focaccia bread a wonderful savory treat you can enjoy with a glass of wine.

TIRAMI 'SUD' DESSERT

This creative tiramisu recipe from Italian chefs Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani calls for a host of unconventional ingredients including capers and Greek yogurt.

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