While I immediately fell in love with the jar and vowed to use and display it even after the capers were “long gone,” I had one teensy problem…. how was I going to make the capers “long gone?!”
Although it’s difficult for a foodie, let alone food blogger to admit, I’d never used capers before. Ever.
I went about using what would soon become a new obsession by sneaking them into some of my everyday recipes. I added them to my favorite egg salad recipe, to deviled eggs, and even into potato salad – the capers shined through in each and every dish I added them to. The flavor is just beautiful and, I have to tell you, capers and eggs make a special kind of magic when they team up. While the egg salad recipe (linked to earlier in the paragraph) is killer without the capers, it’s extra delicious with them.
However… as delicious as each of these were (and they were phenomenal), my absolute favorite way to use capers is in tartar sauce.
We eat a lot (a lot a lot a lot) of fish in our family. Whenever I read that experts recommend eating seafood several times a week, my first thought is always, “Is that all???” I actually was already a bona fide fish fiend long before learning how much healthier it is for you than other meats.
Recently I wanted to make some gluten free fired catfish nuggets with tartar sauce. The problem is, I had become completely and utterly bored with the tartar sauce I typically make. Serviceable and tasty… sure, but BORING.
So I turned to my first sources when I’m looking for can’t-miss recipes: Rachael Ray, the Barefoot Contessa, and Alton Brown. Ina Garten (the Contessa, of course) had a tartar sauce recipe that sounded like HEAVEN to me and called for…. you guessed it… my beloved new friends, capers.
I gathered up the ingredients and made what is, without a doubt, the best tartar sauce on earth. The capers make the difference and this particular tartar sauce will never be accused of being boring. It defies description – you HAVE to try it for yourself.
Below is the way I approached her wonderful recipe – click here to watch the Barefoot Contessa make this freaking amazing tartar sauce.
I hope you’ll head over to Eat. Feed. Love.’s website and grab a jar of Salina Capers – they are remarkable. When you begin using capers in your recipes, as with all new-ish ingredients, go easy at first until you’re familiar with the flavor, intensity, etc. Capers are absolutely remarkable and I’m kicking myself for not using them sooner. They add a delectable little tanginess to whatever you put them in and, trust me, they create a tartar sauce that’ll steal the show.