We all have our go-to food for those times when we feel a little “blah.” Most of the time for me it’s Ruffles and Dean’s French onion dip, but on the few occasions that I’m really in a mood, I head out and grab me some caviar, AND I actually eat it with Ruffles! I learned this little trick from my celebrity chef friend @MarikoPresents. Follow her on IG!!!
Since we all know I’m a HUGE Beverly Hills Housewives fan, and with the fabulous Kathy Hilton eating caviar every day, I had to create a post on this! There are a few things you need to know about Caviar before trying it. There are several kinds actually, and a great and easy resource for learning all about it is to check out this Masterclass article I found. We all know I’m obsessed with Masterclass. Follow them @Masterclass on IG!
My favorite kind of caviar (and the only type I’ll eat) is beluga caviar. Beluga sturgeon, a large prehistoric fish that can reach 15-feet-long and weigh nearly 3,000 pounds, produces the most sought after caviar. It’s native to the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. The caviar is rich, with no fishy taste at all, and ranges in color from pearl grey to extremely dark, garnering it the moniker of “black caviar.” I really like the dark, dark stuff, lol.
When traveling abroad, if I can find it, Iranian Caviar is the best! I think it’s better because Iranians catch their sturgeon at sea, so the eggs are fresher and firmer. Russian sturgeons are caught at the end of their reproductive cycle, when they have left the sea and started swimming upriver to spawn. Their eggs are riper, softer, and older. Each can of Iranian Caviar contains eggs from a single fish, and trust me, there is a difference! True beluga caviar—the roe from a beluga sturgeon—has been illegal in America since 2005, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned the import of all beluga products from the Caspian Sea. So, it’s really hard to find. But, in 2022 Americans will soon be able to pair champagne with Iranian caviar legally, all from the comfort of their own homes! The caviar will become legal to import into the U.S. as soon as Friday, January 22nd, after implementation day of the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. But who knows?! We didn’t plan for COVID either, so I wouldn’t be planning a party anytime soon!
People usually drink caviar with Vodka. A Russian tradition, the pairing of vodka and caviar is customary throughout the world of gastronomy. Like wine and cheese, they are the ideal complements to one another. Served ice cold, vodka has a subtle flavor that allows the distinctive taste of caviar to prevail. I don’t stick to this pairing; I do whatever I want, imagine that! If you are just starting with caviar however, then this is definitely the way to go!
Here Are My Favorite Ways To Eat Caviar!
-The first way I like to enjoy my caviar is with ruffles. So basic, but delish.
-Second, ruffles with crème fraîche drizzle.
-The third way, Bellini, boiled eggs (chopped), a tiny bit of white onion chopped, and crème fraîche.
Here is the recipe for Caviar Pie I found online!
Hey, who doesn’t want to be a Hilton? ENJOY!
– 6 to 8 eggs, hard-cooked, finely minced
– 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
– 1/2 cup finely minced scallions
– 1 to 1 1/2 cups caviar
– 1 to 1 1/2 cups sour cream
Blend the eggs and mayonnaise (using just enough mayonnaise to bind the eggs) in a small bowl. Line a well-buttered 8 or 9-inch pie pan with the egg mixture, pressing firmly over the bottom and up the sides to form the crust. Scatter the scallions over the crust, then spread with the caviar. Frost with the sour cream and refrigerate until ready to serve. Set the caviar pie on a cocktail table with crackers or freshly made melbas, which can be dipped or spread. This will serve 6 people.
Here are some links for some other recipes I found interesting I want to try!
-Caviar Sandwich featured on The New York Times Cooking
-Four Layer Caviar Dip featured on Food & Wine.com
Here are some websites I found where you can buy Caviar. Indulge yourself!
-Browne Trading Company
-Fish & Caviar
It really is delicious and one of my favorites, I promise you, you’ll love it! And instead of buying that new Chanel, broaden your taste buds a bit. Life needs to be filled with more experiences and fewer things.