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Caperberry Gremolata

Caperberry Gremolata

Thumbnail-size caperberries are what remain after the petals of the flowers of the caper bush have dropped off; capers themselves are the brined or pickled flower buds.

Food & Wine DECEMBER 1998

  • Yield: 1/3 cup


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons caperberries (see Note), finely chopped, or salt-packed capers, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and let stand until the flavors develop, at least 20 minutes.

Make Ahead: The gremolata can be kept refrigerated in a covered bowl for up to 5 days.

Serve With: Grilled, sautéed or roasted tuna steaks, halibut steaks or fillets, pork loin or shrimp; pan-roasted chicken breasts (stuff about 1 tablespoon under the skin of each of 4 chicken breasts)

Notes: Caperberries are available at specialty food stores.


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