Friday, February 4, 2011

What are capers?

I wanted to explain what capers are & what flavor they bring. It's good to know what you're getting into before you buy & prepare a new dish, right?

Here's the answer to "What are capers?" from ...

This didn't help me much...

I will say they are tiny, the texture of olives, and take on the flavor of the vinegar they're packed in. They are said to be salty, but I noticed the vinegar flavor more than the salt.

With the lemons, they add a balsamic vinegar-y flavor to this dish. Very pleasant & mild, not overwhelming. I think it's because the recipe calls for them to be rinsed before you use them. It removes most of the vinegar flavor. Kind of like the Tbsp of vinegar you add to potato salad. Not overwhelming, but it wouldn't be the same without it.

Hope this helps! - Kathryn


Janis said...

Thanks! That almost makes them not so scary. For some reason I have always thought capers were some kind of fish thing and you know how I feel about anything fish. YUCK!

Kathryn said...

I'm the same way - fish = yuck. Capers are definitely not fishy. :)


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