the purple course:
smoked sturgeon and transmontanus caviar
purple potato with olive oil and fleur de sel
creme fraiche, single chive, garlic flower
Sturgeon Two Ways was one of seven courses we served at the fundraising dinner for our school this weekend. Transmontanus caviar and smoked sturgeon were paired simply with purple potato, a petite dollop of creme fraiche plus the plain adornment of a single chive and a pretty garlic flower. The society garlic blossoms have a distinct garlicky flavor which pair well with savory dishes. We deemed this the “purple course.”
update: A friend just asked me how the purple potatoes were prepared. They were boiled in salted water until tender. Drained, left to cool, cut on a bias to get as large a slice as possible, then squared, cutting off the skin. Brushed lightly with olive oil, and seasoned with a small pinch of fleur de sel.
California sustainable white sturgeon produces this elegant dark gray caviar with a flavor reminiscent of fine Ossetra (at a fraction of the cost). It has a rich, smooth, full-bodied taste and is heralded as both bold and lush.
I adore this photo of a masculine hand delicately placing a single garlic flower. And speaking of masculine hands, I would like to extend the utmost gratitude to my dear friend FA and my brother Bill for your help with this event. You know I couldn’t have done it without you.
We served the meat of the fish together with its precious roe for Sturgeon Two Ways. The irresistible nutty caviar paired with velvety-sweet smoked sturgeon created a heady experience for the palate, indeed.
10 thoughts on “For Your Next Party: Sturgeon Two Ways”
Very happy to help! It was fun, too.
I have not had sturgeon for a while: I like it a lot. I love the purple potato squares. The final plate is simple and elegant. I am sure the guests were delighted.
Lovely presentation and I’m sure a tasty dish. I, too, liked the photo with the man’s hand.
What a stunning dish. I love that photo as well! Such a great juxtaposition.
Sigh… so gorgeous!!!! I so wish I know how to create a dish like that!
What an exquisite presentation! So beautiful, LL!!!
You make it sound so simple! Stunning presentation – I’ve never experienced such elegant dining at a school fund raiser!
What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! 🙂