If you’re looking for an elegant appetizer recipe to serve at a New Year’s Eve holiday dinner party, try our chef’s new Caviar Cups with Curried Cauliflower recipe. They have a festive presentation and pair beautifully with a light, crisp Chardonnay or sparkling wine.
Recipe: California Caviar Cups with Curried Cauliflower
Summary: Both luxurious and simple to prepare, this decadent hors d’oeuvre recipe may also be served as a first course soup. The creamy, rich flavors pair deliciously with the bright, crisp acidity of Jordan Chardonnay.
- 7 cups cauliflower florets (approximately 1 head), chopped
- 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
- 1 teaspoon Maharajah curry powder*
- 1 each leek (white section only), sliced
- ½ tablespoon Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ cup cream
- Vegetable stock as needed (water may be substituted)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
- 7 ounces California Osetra or Hackleback caviar**
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias
- To begin, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Over medium high heat, coat a small sauté pan with grape seed oil. Add curry powder and allow the spice to release its color and essential oils (approximately 30 seconds). Add one cup of the chopped cauliflower florets to the curry oil and toss to coat. Place the pan in the oven and roast briefly (three to five minutes), remove from oven and reserve at room temperature.
- In a heavy-bottomed pot, sweat leeks in olive oil. Add cream, remaining cauliflower florets, and enough vegetable stock or water to cover. Gently simmer until cauliflower has completely softened (approximately 20 minutes). Purée with an immersion blender until smooth. Strain purée and season with salt and Champagne vinegar to taste. Reserve hot or chill.
- To serve has an hors d’oeuvre, fill small ramekins one-half full with purée, garnish with a generous portion of caviar, curried florets and a sliced scallion. To serve as a soup, quadruple recipe, follow the same instructions and serve in bowls.
* Maharajah curry powder may be purchased at Indian groceries or online at thespicehouse.com.
** Either caviar may be purchased online at californiacaviar.com.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8