caperberry cocktail party

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers,cocktails,Gluten Free,Happy Hour at Home,Meatless Monday,recipes,snacks,Vegan

I love caperberries – salty, briny, salty goodness. Larger than the caper and a completely different thing, the caperberry is the fruit of the caper plant and is about the size of an olive, while a caper is the smaller flower bud. They taste similar, and I find the caperberry is milder in flavor.

Awesome salty flavor.

When Heather picked caperberries for C Week of Meatless Monday A to Z, I was thrilled. I actually already had two jars of caperberries in my pantry, along with at least three jars of capers. I always have capers.

We had some friends over for a Happy Hour at Home, Caperberry Style. They were greeted with a caperberry martini, made dirty with the brine juice. So very good.

For a fun one bite appetizer with some tang, I stuffed caperberries with my vegan goat cheese.

They were easy to pick up by their stem handles. An easy last minute prep that looks elegant and tastes crazy good. Especially when you drench them in agave…

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The third item for this caperberry cocktail party was a hummus – a lemony, garlicy, salty hummus. We served this with crunchy crisps and vegetables.

caperberry hummus

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and peeled
3 tablespoons tahini

juice of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic, peeled
handful (8-10) caperberries, stemmed
sea salt, to taste
olive oil, for garnish
2-3 whole caperberries, for garnish 

In food processor, purée chickpeas until crumbly-smooth, add tahini, lemon juice, garlic and caperberries. Salt as needed. Blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl, pour 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over top, garnish with whole caperberries.

This has been my favorite week with #mmaz yet! Are you a caperberry or caper fan?

Here’s one of my favorite recipes using the smaller, stronger, saltier caper:

lemon piccata enchilada

 

 

Better With Veggies

Cheers – happy Monday!

 

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tommy August 20, 2012 at 5:17 am

I’ll take that martini, please. It’s 5 um, PM somewhere, right? ;)

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2 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

always, my dear… always!

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3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 20, 2012 at 5:27 am

That hummus look great… but pass me a martini, please. ;)

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4 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

yep, atta girl! cheers!

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5 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

I love capers but have never tried a caperberry. The stuffed caperberries look fantastic. And I need to try that enchilada recipe. So many recipes!

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6 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

yes you need the enchiladas – we love them! :)

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7 Allie August 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

I had no idea what to do with mine at first–so I read the label and the first suggestion was “cocktails.” I was going to go buy a bottle of vodka and stop right there, haha. Love that we both went for the caperberry + goat cheese combo! (Don’t really know what went wrong, though, because my goat cheese did not work :( ). Anyway, happy MMAZ–and now I totally want a bowl of that hummus with some good veggie sticks.

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8 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

leave it to me to go straight to the cocktails ;)

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9 Edie August 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love the martini, can’t wait to try one this way. did I read correctly, vegan goat cheese? need to see this now!

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10 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

you will love the martini, Edie! so good!

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11 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

that hummus looks amazing! so creamy and fabulous!

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12 Heather @ Better With Veggies August 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

You have outdone yourself – look at all these uses for caperberries!! I’m jealous you already had jars available in your pantry – now I really need to find some, so I can try these out. Especially love the stuffed caperberries. :)

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13 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

the stuffed caperberries were the best… we all loved them just as is, then someone had the brilliant idea of agave… ;)

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14 Linda Mercury August 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Mmmmmm!

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15 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

we will have you over soon… and we will have THESE :D

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16 Roz@weightignfor50 August 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Incredible Kris. Stuffing caperberries must have taken forever!!!!!!

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17 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

…but so worth it ;)

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18 Western Garden Mama August 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I have never tried a caperberry, but those stuffed look good and fun! Thanks for giving me another use for the goat cheese!

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19 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

they are similar to a caper, milder I think. so happy you are liking the goat cheese!

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20 dorry August 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

delicious! I love caperberries – they remind me of Villa d’Este in Italy – the hotel where I snagged you the beautiful blue bathroom items! :)

they had caperberries on the smoked salmon platter every morning and I ate a million of them.

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21 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

aww, yes, that lovely bath collection :) I remember your photos of those morning salmon arrangements – perfection!

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22 Barbara | Creative Culinary August 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Love the idea of a new type of ‘dirty’ martini but what really intrigues me is the one drenched in agave. Salty, creamy, sweet…LOVE things like that. Such fun.

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23 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

yes, Barbara, that stuffed caperberry was my favorite! I love the sweet salty tangy thing too…

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24 Brenda August 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I consider myself well versed in exotic foods, but I have no idea where to buy caperberries. Any suggestions?

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25 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

hi Brenda! I found these in our local store (kind of like a whole foods) in the condiment aisle, with the jars of capers, olives, tapenade, all that. I think I have seen them in even “mainstream” grocery stores, but if you have a “gourmet” store in your area, check there? I hope you find them!

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26 Natasha August 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

You have been officially elevated to Goddess status in my books…DIRTY MARTINI?! Yessssssssssssa! Vodka I hope?
Delish – deeeeeelis….love the caperberry! Hope your well girl..and Pops too :) Tres busy getting ready for school and..!!! – workin’ on the blogsite….wordpress here I come :)
Hugs and miss you! Smooch for Basil

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27 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

of course with vodka, my darling! these were GOOOOOOD too.

I cannot wait to see your website, weeee! and hear more about school, good for you, sweetie! oh gosh I miss you!! big hugs back to you and all your furries XXO

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28 Kath (My Funny Little Life) August 21, 2012 at 5:32 am

That’s a nice alternatives to olives! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to like capers or olives so far, but I really tried! :P

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29 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

and that is all you can do :) I admire you always trying!

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30 Scott August 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

I have been doing Caperberry Martinis for years now, glad to see someone else doing it! It is a perfect match!!!

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31 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

well, you have good taste, Scott! :) these were delicious!

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32 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen August 23, 2012 at 2:53 am

How did I not think of caperberry hummus?!?!

I love the little goat cheese stuffed (and agave drenched!) caperberry pops. Perhaps that’s what shall happen with the leftover ‘berries’ in my fridge? [Although, it would probably just be a happy hour for one.]

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33 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

yes, you need to at least stuff a few of those babies, I cannot stop thinking about them! :)

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34 Lindsay August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

What a great idea! My husband loves caperberries he would love these especially the martini

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35 spabettie August 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

thanks, Lindsay – the martini was delicious – and I am STILL thinking about those stuffed caperberries, oh my!

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