Caviar. The very word conjures up visions of elegant parties and luxury lifestyles. While that is certainly applicable, caviar is a delicious way to elevate your next party or get-together, and it is very easy to incorporate into your appetizer menu. With a season of holiday parties ahead of us, I thought I would round up some easy and delicious caviar appetizer recipes.
Just like the only real Champagne is from the Champagne wine region in France and everything else is a sparkling wine, true gourmet caviar comes from sturgeon only – primarily Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga sturgeons. Every species of sturgeon, however, is on the endangered species list, so there are other fish that produce caviar. Caviar from any other source than sturgeon must be designated by the fish it comes from, such as ‘salmon caviar’ or ‘paddlefish caviar.’ If it just says ‘caviar’ on the container, it’s from sturgeon. (Or it should be.) Here is a great article on the different types of caviar, and what to look for.
One of the most popular ways to serve caviar is with blini. Blini comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but is really a thin little pancake, or crepe. They are delicious and a great bite-sized starter to any party.
These caviar and smoked salmon canapés look impressive and taste even better if the salmon, caviar and crème fraiche are all very cold before adding them to the warm blinis. Get the full recipe from Amazing Appetizer Recipes.
This is a twist on a traditional blini, using potato. Topped with herbed sour cream and a dollop of caviar, it is simple and delicious. Get the recipe from Sandra Lee.
This particular caviar blini recipe is a favorite of Tory Burch. Chef Dana Manuta also uses potato in her blini recipe too.
If you are looking for a truly beautiful appetizer that tastes divine, this is it. Preparation is super simple, presentation is quite spectacular. Get the recipe from Party Tipz.
Deviled eggs are always a favorite and these caviar topped eggs are a wonderful way to serve caviar to people who have never tried it before. Get the recipe at What’s Cooking America.
These baked Parmesan crisps with creme fraiche and caviar by Jackie Alpers look scrumptious! The one-ingredient Parmesan crisps are a savory, no-carb alternative to blini. They are easy to make, to boot! Get the recipe at Jackie’s Happy Plate.
Want to go super simple? How about kettle cooked potato chips with a little creme fraiche or sour cream and a dollop of your favorite caviar? Irreverently delicious!
Are you a caviar fan? What is your favorite dish?