What Are Capers Anyway?

When I really started cooking in earnest, I found I had a number of recipes that called for capers. I know that I’d had them before, but it wasn’t really until I started cooking that I saw them with any kind of frequency.

Several months ago I was discussing a recipe with a co-worker and mentioned that capers were in the dish. She asked, “What are capers anyway?”

I was at a loss for words. What are those things? Animal? I don’t think so. Plant. Yeah, but what plant and what part? Luckily I wasn’t the only one wondering.

The Huffington Post, had a post in May of 2014 that gets to the bottom of it. Take a look here. (They are pickled flower buds by the way).

Chicken, Sausage and Capers

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The saltiness of the capers really adds to this dish.

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All ready to start cooking.

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The chicken is diced and in the pan.

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Look at the beautiful color.

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Veggies are added and so is the sausage.

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Tomatoes bringing it all together.

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Awesome dish!

Chicken, Sausage and Capers

Cook Time: 17 mins


2 tsp olive oil
3/4  lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in 1 inch pieces
1/4  lb hot Italian turkey sausage, cut into ½ inch slices
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
2½ cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2  cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp nonpariel capers, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Saute the chicken until golden and cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

In the skillet, cook the sausage, stirring frequently, until cooked through and browned, 8-10 minutes. Pour in the vinegar; cook until the liquid evaporates, 1-2 minutes. Add the bell peppers, onion, garlic and oregano; cook, stirring, until the peppers are tender, 4-5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, broth and capers; bring to a boil. Return the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle in the cheese. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.

Source: http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/1793747-Chicken-Sausage-and-Capers

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Categories: Cheese3, Chicken2, Italian, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Turkey, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “What Are Capers Anyway?”

  1. October 20, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I make capers out of nasturtium pods. Delicious! 🙂


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