Caviar is a delicacy made from fish eggs. It is obtained from sturgeon roe and is highly prized for its sweet, buttery taste. In general, caviar is very expensive, but there are certain categories that are relatively cheaper. After choosing yours, serve it and prepare it in different ways. For example, you can eat just caviar to enjoy the peculiar flavor or you can serve it on canapés with chives and eggs.
Method 1 of 3: Serving and Tasting Caviar
Step 1. Store the caviar can in the back of the refrigerator
Usually, the bottom of the refrigerator is the coldest place, which can be useful to better preserve the flavor and texture of the caviar. Do not open the can until it is time to consume it, so as not to reduce the shelf life of the roe.
A tip is to buy only the amount you are going to consume at one time. However, if there are any leftovers, return them to the original can, cover it with plastic wrap and close the packaging tightly. Then place the can in the bottom of the refrigerator and consume the rest in one to three days to preserve freshness
Step 2. Use bone, crystal or mother-of-pearl cutlery to pick up the caviar
In order to better preserve the flavor, use only special plates and spoons to serve the delicacy. Avoid using spoons or metal plates, as roe absorbs this taste. If you don't have special spoons like these, just use a plastic or wooden spoon.
You can buy scoops for caviar at department stores or online
Step 3. Keep it cool on top of crushed ice while serving
Because caviar is a very delicate delicacy, it must always be cooled, which helps to preserve the flavor and quality of the product.
It is also possible to place the bowl on top of an ice pack if crushed ice is not available
Step 4. Eat a small scoop of plain caviar for tasting
To make the most of the experience, bring the caviar closer to your nose, smell its aroma and enjoy a small portion. Try not to chew it so as not to lose the subtler flavors, as well as the unique texture. Instead of biting into the roe, roll them around your mouth with your tongue.
Caviar is very strong and should be tasted or served in small quantities. To enjoy it straight, eat ½ tsp. If you include it in a dish or appetizer, use approximately 1 to 3 teaspoons
Step 5. Drink a shot of vodka or a glass of chilled champagne to cleanse your taste buds
Caviar is a traditional Russian delicacy, so it is often enjoyed with vodka. This drink complements the flavor of the caviar and clears the palate between tastings. However, if you prefer to drink something a little lighter, caviar and champagne go well too.
you can also drink it with a sparkling prosecco or a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Method 2 of 3: Combining Caviar with Other Foods
Step 1. Wrap a blini with caviar and chives to make a classic appetizer
Put a small amount of caviar in a hot blini and sprinkle with chives. If you prefer, you can also add sour cream or butter to enhance the creamy texture of the caviar. Roll up the blini and enjoy!
Blini is a kind of Russian crepe made with wheat or buckwheat flour
Step 2. Spread crème fraîche and caviar on toast to combine creaminess and crunchy texture
Toast a slice of bread, peel off the skin and cut it into four X-shaped pieces, making 4 small triangles. Spoon a spoonful of crème fraîche on each toast and finish with a spoonful of caviar.
- The contrast of textures makes the appetizer delicious and, above all, the presentation is beautiful, as there is also a contrast of colors - the dark caviar on the white cream.
- Want to give your appetizer a personal touch? Try adding a slice of boiled egg, butter, a few drops of lemon, diced red onion, or chopped chives.
Did you know?
Crème fraîche is a combination of heavy cream, buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt. It's found in grocery stores or some supermarkets, but you can also make yours at home!
Step 3. Eat caviar with eggs and buttered black bread for breakfast
The texture of the scrambled or fried egg with soft yolk blends in well with the velvety texture of caviar. Put all this on a thick slice of spicy black bread and enjoy an eye-popping breakfast.
- If you prefer, decorate the bread with chopped red onion to create a color contrast.
- Black bread is similar to dark rye bread, but contains fennel and vinegar, which provide a spicy taste with bittersweet notes. To soften this flavor a little, use a common rye bread.
Step 4. Spoon caviar into the baked potato to please the whole family
Bake potatoes at 200°C for an hour, cut them in half and remove the inside. Mix mashed potato with chopped chives, butter, milk, bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Refill the skin with this mixture and return the potatoes to the oven at 180°C for 15 to 20 minutes. Cover the potato boats with the caviar of your choice and enjoy!
If you like caviar, you don't need to keep it just for special occasions! It can give a creamy and unique touch to many of your favorite recipes. For example, it is also possible to include it in an egg salad, as the texture of the caviar goes well with the creaminess of the eggs
Method 3 of 3: Buying Caviar
Step 1. Buy caviar from a trusted brand so you don't waste money
Whether it's a cheaper variety to try or a sophisticated and expensive option, buy your chosen product from renowned brands so that it has quality. When you find a place that sells caviar, see which brands are available for sale and research its reputation on the internet before purchasing.
The most famous imported brands are Beluga Petrossian, Giaveri, Sterling, Dean & DeLuca, Russ & Daughters and Zabar’s
Step 2. Buy cheaper caviar if you don't have a lot of money
Caviar is extracted from sturgeon roe as explained above. There are three types of sturgeon: beluga, ossetra and sevruga. If you buy a product from a well-known brand, you'll still take home high-quality caviar, even if it's not the most expensive.
The most famous and most expensive caviar (because it is rarer) is beluga. The roe is bigger, the flavor is lighter and the color varies from gray and silver to black. Ossetra roe, gray to golden in color, is a little smaller and also soft. Sevruga, which is the “cheapest” as it is the most common, has the smallest roe, a more intense taste and can be gray to black
Did you know?
The more expensive versions often have subtle differences in taste, color and texture that cannot be detected by a person who has never had caviar before.
Step 3. Buy an alternative to other fish caviar so as not to hurt your pocket so much
Non-sturgeon “caviar” is often a more affordable option for people who want to try it in a variety of recipes. The best known fish that provide roe are swordfish, mullet and salmon.
- Swordfish roe are smaller and silvery. Among the non-sturgeon types of caviar, it is the most expensive.
- Salmon and capelin roe are mid-priced and a little easier to find.
- Other types of “caviar”, this time national, are mullet and trout roe.
Step 4. Buy beluga caviar if you are already a connoisseur
Once you get used to the taste and texture of real caviar, your taste buds are more refined, meaning you can distinguish and appreciate the subtlety of flavor and texture of great quality caviar.
If you're a millionaire, try the very rare Almas caviar, which comes from the Beluga albino sturgeon that lives in the Caspian Sea. It is threatened with extinction and is the most expensive food in the world
Step 5. Try caviar with other flavors if you want to be adventurous
Seasoned caviar is not considered sophisticated, but it can be a fun way to introduce yourself to roe and try different flavors. Some options found in stores are wasabi, lemon, ginger or smoked caviar.
If you find a flavored caviar, try mixing it with other foods that match. For example, a lemon flavored caviar can be served with toast and sour cream
Step 6. Buy at least one can (30 g) of caviar for each one or two people
Although it should be served in small portions, it's good to have enough to enjoy it properly. Caviar is usually sold in cans of about 30 g, enough for two people to serve themselves sparingly. However, if you have the money to spare, offer 30 g per person.
A large portion allows you to feel all the notes developing on the palate
Step 7. Ask to try a little bit before buying
Some luxury stores allow the customer to try a little caviar before deciding which one to buy. In that case, choose between one or two options within the price range you can afford and try them out. To be sure of the quality of the product, ask for the portion to be removed from the can you intend to take.