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California Caviar Cups with Curried Cauliflower

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 of this appetizer complement the bright, crisp acidity of Jordan Chardonnay for a delicious food & wine pairing.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups cauliflower florets (approximately 1 head), chopped

  • 1 Tbsp grape seed oil

  • 1 tsp Maharajah curry powder*

  • 1 leek (white section only), sliced

  • ½ Tbsp Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ¼ cup cream

  • vegetable stock as needed (water may be substituted)

  • salt to taste

  • 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar

  • 7 ounces California Osetra or Hackleback caviar**

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias

 

* Maharajah curry powder may be purchased online at thespicehouse.com or at Indian groceries.

** Either caviar may be purchased online at californiacaviar.com.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups cauliflower florets (approximately 1 head), chopped

  • 1 Tbsp grape seed oil

  • 1 tsp Maharajah curry powder*

  • 1 leek (white section only), sliced

  • ½ Tbsp Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ¼ cup cream

  • vegetable stock as needed (water may be substituted)

  • salt to taste

  • 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar

  • 7 ounces California Osetra or Hackleback caviar**

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias

 

* Maharajah curry powder may be purchased online at thespicehouse.com or at Indian groceries.

** Either caviar may be purchased online at californiacaviar.com.

Instructions

serves 8

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.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Every bottle of Jordan is crafted with food in mind. The elegant balance between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol found in our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon make them versatile for a variety of food & wine pairings. We’ve selected a few vintages that we believe will complement or contrast flavors in this recipe perfectly.