Le Grand Setup de Caviar Recipe

Nov 16, 2011 5:40 pm

Class up your meal with caviar

Got your hands on some prized caviar? Why waste it on crackers when you have this blini recipe as the perfect way to showcase it. Additions like horseradish, eggs and chives invite you to constuct the blini anyway you choose while complementing the caviar's flavor. 

Caviar
Photo: Jennifer May
Caviar can make for quite the unexpected building block in a sophisticated dish.
 

Reprinted with permission from The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by Fredéric Morin David McMillan & Meredith Erickson, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For Blini
1/3 cup (40 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
2/3 cup (85 g) buckwheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg
1 cup (250 ml) water
2 tablespoons neutral oil, plus more for cooking
1 teaspoon sugar
Melted unsalted butter for serving
For Caviar
1 small container mújol (Spanish mullet caviar) or Canadian or American sturgeon caviar (1 ounce/30 g per person)
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and whites and yolks separated and chopped (or pushed through a coarse-mesh sieve)
1/4 cup (10 g) chopped fresh chives
2 lemons, halved
1/2 cup (125 ml) creme fraiche
2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish
Directions: 
  1. To make the blini, in a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, buckwheat flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, water, oil, and sugar until well mixed. Whisk together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients briefly. It is better to have tiny clumps than rubbery dough.
  2. Place a nonstick frying pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. When the pan is hot, drop in the batter by spoonfuls, forming silver dollar – size blini. When the tops begin to set, flip the blini carefully. Continue to cook until firm. They should take 2 to 3 minutes total to fry.
  3. Transfer to a warm tray and cover with a kitchen towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter. You should have about 24 blini. Just before serving, brush with melted butter.
  4. To serve, place the caviar, eggs, chives, lemons, crème fraiche, and horseradish in serving dishes alongside the warm blini. Build as you see fit.
Level of Difficulty: 
Easy
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
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