I am genuinely amazed that despite the revolutionary strides our country has made in the last century in both civil rights law and handheld technology, a dull-colored, gelatinous bowl of mayonnaise-covered chunks is still our national potato salad. This blatant culinary depravity is emblematic of far deeper social issues that we are battling. This recipe is my one-woman movement to lead our country into a new era where mayonnaise is replaced by olive oil and flavor is inspired by the ancient civilizations that came before us. Greece and Rome laid the foundation of our constitution; it is now time to let them redefine our potato salad.
This dish will speak for itself, but what makes it particularly yummy is that it is tossed while still warm, letting the ingredients “melt into” the potatoes.
For those wondering about the title, capperi is Italian for capers. It is a play on words with Capri, the exquisite island off the coast of Naples on which the Roman emperor Tiberius elected to reside. (It is still possible to visit the remains of his palace on Capri which from atop stunning cliffs overlooks the perfectly azure sea below. Don’t blame him. If you were emperor, where would you choose to live?) However, it proved to be against his better judgement, leaving too much power to the Praetorian in Rome. He was succeeded by his grand-nephew, the infamous Caligula.
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