Blini with Caviar
Caviar adds a wonderful touch of sophistication and elegance to your special occasions. Traditionally, caviar is derived from three types of sturgeon: Beluga, Osetra, and Sevruga. Because overfishing is threatening the sturgeon population in most of the world, the best choice is American farmed caviar. Here, you'll find recipes that let you savor caviar's delicate texture and distinctive briny flavor on blini, toast, potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta, and oysters.
These bite-size blini -- Russian pancakes made with yeast -- are traditionally accompanied by caviar. Garnish each one with a tiny dollop of creme fraiche and your choice of salmon or trout roe.
Scrambled Eggs with Creme Fraiche and Caviar in Eggshell Cups
Cream-enriched scrambled eggs topped with creme fraiche and salmon roe or sevruga caviar are an elegant way to start a special brunch. If you don't have an egg topper -- the special tool used to cut the eggshells -- you can also serve this in small crystal goblets.
Oyster Stew with Caviar
Freshly shucked oysters luxuriate in a broth of cream and half-and-half enriched with oyster liquor and mascarpone cheese. Garnish each serving with a spoonful of caviar or salmon roe.
Layers of buttered phyllo dough make light, crisp containers for mushroom-shallot filling. Top each purse with a spoonful of osetra caviar just before serving.
Quail Eggs with Caviar
Enjoy two varieties of dainty eggs -- fish and fowl -- in these canapes. Use American black or choupique caviar, which comes from Louisiana's bowfin fish.
Toasted Brioche Rounds with Creme Fraiche and Caviar
Use a small cookie cutter to make bite-size rounds of buttery brioche, which are toasted and served with creme fraiche and caviar. The toast rounds can be made up to two days ahead of time.
Poached Oysters in Pernod Cream
Caviar Dip with Root-Vegetable Chips
Mix together sour cream, creme fraiche, chives, and paddlefish caviar to make this creamy dip. Make your own root-vegetable chips to accompany the dip, or use store-bought ones.