Patate in agrodolce (Sweet & sour warm potato salad)

Patate in agrodolce (Sweet & sour warm potato salad)

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Takes 30-35 mins, plus 30 mins to soak the capers


Serves 4
Carmelita Caruana celebrates the tastes of Sicily with this simple potato dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt1.64g
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  • 50g salted capers
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 700g waxy yellow fleshed new potatoes, such as Charlottes, cut into medium chunks
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100g large unpitted green olives
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. Rinse the capers to remove the salt crystals then leave them in fresh cold water for 30 minutes, changing the water frequently, until they no longer taste salty.

  2. Mix the potatoes and onion and gently fry in the olive oil in a deep non-stick sauté pan for about 7 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then take off the heat and cover while you prepare the olives. That way the potatoes continue to soften without overcooking.

  3. Cut strips from the olives, working round the stone to remove all the flesh, then add to the potatoes with the capers and 200ml/7floz water. Return to the heat, cover and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are almost done.

  4. Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar and add to the potatoes in the pan. Bring to the boil, cook for a minute, then remove from the heat. Serve lukewarm.

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17th Aug, 2008
we had this with a white fish , cooked in foil on BBQ, used little sweetener instead of sugar , as husband diabetic , very tasty , and easy dish !
27th Dec, 2007
I made this to go with Gordon Ramsays swordfish recipe. I left out the olives as family do not like olives. We found this a bit too sweet as we do not generally take sugar etc. Next time, and there will be a next time, i will reduce the amount of sugar. Other than that - delicious!!
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