As we move into the heart of summer and plump, juicy tomatoes begin to ripen on the vine, I start to crave panzanella. The simple, rustic salad from central Italy is made with stale bread and ripe tomatoes, epitomizing the classic Italian tradition of using leftover ingredients to create an amazing dish.
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Olives, capers, and anchovies give this quick and easy tomato sauce a robust salty and briny character that goes a long way toward flavoring a plate of pasta.
Rustic Braised Chicken is a hearty stew full of tomatoes, olives, capers, and chicken.
Something about the briny punch of the capers and the salty funk of the prosciutto sounded appealing when paired with the usually reserved and straight-laced green stalks.
Spicy, fresh, and aromatic, this fresh puttanesca sauce, made from fresh cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, chilies, oregano, and lemon, flavors a gorgeous stew of jumbo tomatoes. A light take on a classic that's a perfect after-work dinner for two.
Oven-roasted tomatoes are tasty foundation for tangy, salty accompaniments in this easy, breezy puttanesca.
Tender grilled zucchini gets topped with a light, refreshing dressing of capers, fresh basil, olive oil and lemon.
Italian salsa verde is kind of like chimichurri taken to the next level—it's base of parsley, oil, and garlic is familiar, but a hefty dose of capers injects a sharp briney bite.
Cedar-planked whitefish with chimichurri relish is smoky, briny, and backyard party-ready.
Grilled, rare tuna is the star of this butter lettuce salad dressed in an easy basil-tapenade vinaigrette and crowned with fried capers.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cutlets are surely close cousins of the rubber flip-flop. I've dined on many a chewy version in the name of healthful eating, but am always left wishing I had a do-over meal. When properly encased in a crisp coating of flavorful breadcrumbs, however, I will make an exception and pardon the aforementioned offense.
Feel free to use your favorite brand of store-bought mayo here, but really, the homemade kind is so much better. You'll need a 2.5 ounce jar of nonpareil capers for this recipe....
Swordfish is not a fish that needs to be treated with a gentle hand. It's firm, steaky flesh and strong flavors can stand up to virtually anything you throw at it. In fact, not too many other fish in the sea could stand up to the classically Sicilian Pesce Spada alla Stemperata or Swordfish with Olives, Celery, Garlic, Vinegar, and Mint. Edward Behr adapted this recipe for The Art of Eating Cookbook and it's full of those big, punchy elements that swordfish thrives on: vinegar, capers, onions, garlic, and raisins.
Sometimes it's fun to revisit an old classic, especially one that you haven't cooked for years and years. That's basically the story of pork scaloppine and me. Surely, the quick sauce of capers, lemon, and garlic would make anything taste good, but I was genuinely surprised how quickly and easily this recipe from David Tanis's The Heart of the Artichoke came together.
As anyone who has followed a Jamie Oliver recipe before knows, directions are free-form and amounts are purposely vague. Olive oil is dished out in "glugs." Red wine is added in "tiny swigs." What is written below is exactly what I used for two portions, but you could easily add additional vinegar if you need more tang or another chile if you need more heat.
The fish fillets are grilled quickly then immediately placed atop a handful of lettuce, which wilts the leaves just slightly. Cherry tomatoes, tarragon, and capers are all tossed with a simple vinaigrette then added on top. With those little tomatoes just starting to pop up at farmers' markets, this is the perfect time to check out what whitefish is all about.
One of my favorite ways to rethink tomato sauce is the classic alla puttanesca rendition, where the tomatoes are fortified with capers, olives, and pungent anchovies. This recipe from Naples, from Nancy Harmon Jenkins' exhaustive tome of Southern Italian cooking Cucina del Sole, is reminiscent of puttanesca, but with the sweet and nutty addition of raisins and pine nuts. It can be tossed with pasta or served with a piece of fish.
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This fantastic recipe from Lidia Bastianich stuffs the chicken with a mouthwatering mixture of breadcrumbs, parsley, anchovies, capers, lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It's a bit of work to get it prepared, but definitely worth it: cooked covered over the course of 40 minutes or so (it's a cross between saute and braise), the chicken releases its juices into the skillet to make a marvelous sauce.
The Caesar salad is, when done properly, one of my favorite things to eat. Obviously anything you get out of a bottle is not going to meet this requirement, but the dressing itself is not all that difficult to make. Once you've tasted the clean, creamy, bright flavor of the real thing, going back to the bottle is impossible.