22 Recipes for the Great Caper

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we gave you a sleigh full of holiday cookie recipes.

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Capers are among my favorite foods, and I always have a jar of these little guys in my fridge. Capers are pickled buds from the caper bush and come in two varieties: vinegar packed and salt packed. I admit I have only tried the vinegar variety, but only because the salt ones require a pre-soaking situation, and I’m not about that life. I hope this accumulation of caper recipes will ignite or otherwise invigorate your love for capers, or at the very least give you an excuse to make a lot of detective puns in the kitchen.

1. Mediterranean Lentil Salad 

2. Roasted Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw & Remoulade Sauce

3. Greek Pasta Salad 

4. Roasted Vegetables with Caper Vinaigrette

5. Roasted Potatoes with Lemon and Capers

6. Baked Feta Cheese with Sundried Tomato and Capers

7. Sole Piccata 

8. Salmon with Lemon, Capers and Rosemary 

9. Braised Greens and Garlicky Pasta 

10. Cherry Tomato and Caper Spaghetti 

11. Braised Chicken with Capers and Parsley

12. Lemon Basil Chicken with Capers 

13. Pasta Puttanesca 

14. Scallops with Caper and Brown Butter Sauce 

15. Grilled Mackerel with Tomato, Fennel and Capers

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16. Spaghetti with Olives and Crispy Capers

17. Roasted Lemon-Parmesan Cauliflower with Capers 

18. Sauteed Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Capers, Mint, and Sumac

19. Sautéed Kale with Garlic, Shallots, and Capers

20. Zucchini Noodles with Caper Olive Sauce and Tomatoes

21. Beef Tenderloin with Cornichon-Caper Herb Sauce

22. Italian Salsa Verde 

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Chelsey is a previous Editorial Assistant for Autostraddle and currently resides in Los Angeles with her cat Olive and a large collection of cardigans. She enjoys drinking coffee/tea, writing, editing, and validating the humans in her life.

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  1. Also: good old chicken piccata. The sole version sounds good, but something about how crispy the little flattened out chicken bits get is just really hard to beat.


  2. Thank goodness for this as my wife has just found THREE jars of them……
    Wonder if you could put them in martini as an olive substitute……..

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