Asparagus, Hollandaise, Caviar
More caviar? Yep, ’tis the season after all! Asparagus with Petrossian Ossetra Caviar is served as a fancy side dish to a standing prime rib roast of beef for a very special holiday meal.
The briny dark brown eggs create a striking presentation when draped over bright green asparagus with a pale yellow sauce. Silky hollandaise and crunchy roe make for an exquisite contrast of textures. The subtle flavor of the sea plays well with the earthy elegant taste of the asparagus. It’s an extraordinary dish – perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve.
Asparagus, Hollandaise, Caviar Recipe
To make the hollandaise, place two egg yolks in a double boiler of bare-simmering water. Whisk until warm. Take care not to let the eggs get too hot. Season egg yolks with a dash of Tabasco sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. While continuing to whisk, slowly drizzle in one stick of melted butter. Remove from heat.
Cook trimmed asparagus in a shallow pan of gently boiling lightly-salted water until crisp tender. Shock asparagus in an ice bath to stop the cooking then remove to paper towels.
Arrange asparagus in serving dishes. Ladle hollandaise over the middle of the stalks. Generously spoon caviar over the top.
Note: Stainless steel serving vessels are fine, just don’t serve caviar in silver pans or with silver utensils as it will affect the taste.
The Holiday Entertaining Series
Hors d’oeuvre: Oysters, Ossetra Caviar, Crème Fraîche (here)
First Course: Foie Gras with Sweet & Salty Palmier Cookies (here)
Holiday Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Caviar, Crème Fraîche, Chives (here)
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