Best Ways to Use Capers in Greek Cooking

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When it comes to Greek cooking, we have certain assumptions about the ingredients we use. For example, we know that olives are a typical ingredient in many dishes, as well as popular Greek cheeses like feta cheese. Some ingredients, however, are often glossed over. Capers are one of these ingredients! The reality is that capers grow very well in Greece and they are used in the cuisine. We just don’t really think about. Here are some of the best ways to use capers in Greek cooking:

Greek Village Salad

Did you know that capers are a common ingredient in the popular horiatiki salad, also known as the Greek village salad? This is one of those salads that can change depending on what you have on hand. As long as you have the common ingredients, like tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and olives, it doesn’t matter if you throw in a few extras. Capers are a delicious addition to this salad! Our version of this recipe includes capers if you have them, as well as the traditional ingredients.

Pasta with Capers

Capers are a natural addition to any pasta recipe! It is used often in pasta dishes in Greece, especially since capers are so widely available. This Greek style pasta dish includes ingredients like capers, garlic, Greek tomato sauce, and authentic Greek oregano. It is simple and easy to prepare, and you can also use any type of pasta you make on hand. This makes for a quick supper or lunch, and tastes great with the traditional village salad mentioned above.

Garlic Dip with Capers

Dips are an integral part of Greek cuisine, and this dip is one of the dishes you might see on a typical Greek table. It tastes great with traditional Greek bread, vegetables, and as a condiment to have during the main course. This dip is similar to a traditional “skordalia” dip, but it also includes the briny capers, which gives it a unique flavor and texture.

Greek Poor Man’s Caviar

It is a well known fact that caviar can be an expensive food. It has a unique flavor and tastes great as an appetizer. Even in Greece, caviar is used to make a popular spread called taramasalata. However, what if you want to enjoy a delicious, salty spread but can’t afford caviar? This spread is something that is typically made in its place. It uses Greek olives, capers, olive oil, and other ingredients to give it its unique flavor and texture.

Greek Potato Salad with Capers

Capers are also a natural complement to potatoes because they give it a refreshing, salty flavor. This traditional Greek potato salad uses fresh potatoes, olives, and authentic Greek capers. It makes for a delicious side dish or addition to a meze spread. This is also a refreshing alternative to some of the heavier potato salads that are often served at cookouts.

Capers are a common ingredient to use in Greek cooking, but they don’t get as much recognition as other ingredients, like olives and Greek cheeses. These recipes are absolutely worth trying.

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