• Prep Time
    30 minutes
  • Cook Time
    12 minutes for eggs
  • Serving
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Watch God Loves Caviar (2012) on Amazon Prime.  It’s worth it just to watch Catherine Deneuve play Catherine the Great who reputedly splurged on caviar after her infamous trysts. (I’m not mad at her!) Caviar is the roe of sturgeon, although roe is harvested from other fish as well such as paddlefish or bowfin or choupique.  There are three main varieties of caviar.  Beluga is the most expensive with soft buttery eggs that pop with flavor.  Ossetra is my personal favorite, with a nutty briny taste.  And Sevruga, the least expensive of the three, has jet black salty eggs.  At a restaurant, the caviar should always be served in the jar with the lid so you know exactly what you are buying and eating. Since 2005, the U.S. has banned the import of roe from sturgeon taken from the Caspian Sea.  Just recently, Mark Zaslavsky has begun selling caviar from Beluga sturgeon farmed in Florida.  Rest assured, it’s expensive.  As a general rule, top quality caviar needs nothing more than a piece of toast and a squeeze of lemon.  A true purist may forego the addition of sour cream or cream cheese, eggs, etc.,  And, of course, the onion with its strong flavor might be a complete distraction to some.  I tend to like all the extras, although a spoonful of the bracing eggs with nothing else is sublime.



    Prepping your accompaniments can be therapeutic. Get everything ready, pour yourself a glass of champagne, set the scene... then dig in.

    Step 1

    Boil the eggs. Separate the yolks and whites, then chop finely. Mince the red onions or shallots if you want them. Chop the parsley.

    Step 2

    Quarter the lemons. Unwrap the cream cheese. Plate all of your accompaniments with tiny spoons and spreaders.

    Step 3

    Toast mini bagels or a thinly sliced baguette.

    Step 4

    Serve the caviar in the jar nestled in a small bowl on a bed of ice, one jar on each plate if possible. Pour champagne or icy cold vodka. Turn off the t.v. This rendering of Dr. John eating caviar at the Carlyle Hotel is part of the mural in my dining room - sheer fantasy of course. But, at my imaginary dinner party, he would be an honored guest!

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