Patate in agrodolce (Sweet & sour warm potato salad)

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

  • Takes 30-35 mins, plus 30 mins to soak the capers
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 340
  • fat 19g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 1.64g


  • 50g salted capers
  • 700g waxy yellow fleshed new potatoes, such as Charlottes, cut into medium chunks
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 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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