When you think of your favorite seafood, what comes to mind. For many, it’s probably a delicious serving of sturgeon caviar paired with a blini and sprinkled with a generous amount of chives — maybe even with an addition of butter for that excellent creamy taste. Caviar is a popular delicacy made from sturgeon roe. While many people love it, they always end up misunderstanding how to approach it. So, what is the correct way to eat this delightful delicacy? How do you serve it? Do you chew it? To settle all doubts once and for all, here is how to eat caviar like an expert chef.
1. How Do You Serve Caviar?
Caviar is a delicate delicacy and how you serve it will determine how it will taste. Top chefs recommend that you first and foremost get your caviar ice-cold before serving to preserve its perfect texture. The best way to do this is to serve it cold in a bowl over ice. Also, do not handle it with metallic bowls or spoons as this can add an undesired metallic taste and sully its rich taste. Use other material like glass, bone or plastic.
2. What Portion of Caviar Should You Eat?
Caviar is packed with nutrients and flavor, so it is generally served in small portions. The important thing to remember is that it is never the entire meal. The serving per tasting should be half a teaspoon or about one to three teaspoons when included in a meal. The proper etiquette is to eat in small bites.
3. What Do You Serve Caviar With?
If you are going to use caviar as an appetizer, it is best to serve it as the Russians do; on top of a blini and sprinkled with chives. Another popular approach you should try is to serve it alongside a toast or crackers. If you are new to caviar or you just want to enjoy its pure luscious taste, eat it directly from the tin. To enhance taste, some people pair their caviar with dry champagne or fine vodka. You may also want to try serving caviar with baked potatoes or egg salad.
4. Do You Chew Caviar?
That’s the question that everyone seems to ask about caviar. Yet anyone who has ever tasted caviar knows that chewing it is not the best way to enjoy its flavorful taste. So, if you want to eat your caviar right, do it as the pros do; bring it close to your nose just as you would with fine wine and take in its diverse flavors. Then use your tongue to feel its unique flavor and smooth texture. Never use your teeth otherwise you are going to miss the delicious butteriness. Frankly, eating caviar is an experience to enjoy, so take time with your taste buds. Trying to crush caviar with your teeth is to deny yourself one of life’s truly luxuriant experiences.
It’s Time to Go Get Some Caviar
Has the wrong approach been stopping you from luxuriating in your favorite sturgeon caviar? Then now you know how to get it right from the very moment it enters your kitchen. Smart people just like yourself are using caviar to spice up their dinners every day. You should too.