Even though I love my little ones to pieces my food isn’t always prepared with them in mind. Sometimes moms need some grown up time and grown up food (think wine, cheese, and a group of friends sitting around a coffee table). This appetizer is perfect for such an occasion, or any party. It’s a really expensive looking dish because of the caviar, but it’s not that pricey because you don’t actually use a lot of the stuff. Also, in case it hasn’t occurred to you to search for caviar at your local grocery store, you can find it there for a decent price. There’s no need to go nuts and buy a $100 jar of the stuff. I found caviar for $8.99 at my local Stop & Shop and it came with a $2.00 coupon too (it was in the same section as the canned tuna). Incidentally I’ve found the same brand online for $25 plus shipping and handling! This is a recipe I’ve adapted from my husband’s step mother who serves it at just about all of her parties. I say adapted because among other things she sticks a stick of butter into the recipe and that’s just uncalled for. I mean it’s pretty decadent as it is. I recently brought this to a get together at a friend’s house and everyone liked it and I’ve have had a couple of requests for the recipe. So I figured I might as well share it with the larger world and help brighten up all your parties.
You will need a shallow serving dish with about a 3 cup capacity. I like to use a small rectangular (7x5x1.5”) Pyrex dish because it comes with a cover for easy storage or transport. This recipe will make enough for such a small dish (with a little extra filling left over for snacking) so if you want to use a traditional pie plate, there should be enough filling but you should use twice as much caviar.
- 2 large hard boiled eggs
- 1 packet cream cheese (8 oz) -I use Neufchatel as it’s a little friendlier to the waistline
- ¼ cup plain yogurt -I use non fat for the same waistline reason, but feel free to use whatever you like
- ¼ of a red onion, finely chopped
- 1 small jar of caviar (2 oz)
- A few stems of chive, finely chopped, for garnish (optional)
- Peel and crumble up the hard boiled eggs in a bowl. Mix in the diced onion.
- Add the cream cheese and yogurt and mix with the egg and onion. It helps if the cream cheese is a little softened.
- When the ingredients are combined spread the mixture into a serving dish. At this point you can cover it and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.
- When you are ready to serve the pie, spread the caviar in a thin layer over the cream cheese mixture. Top with finely chopped chives if you wish. The 2 oz jar just covers the cream cheese with a thin layer. Of course you can get more caviar of you want to have a thicker layer, especially in case you have one of those guests who likes to skim the caviar off the top… a la Tom Hank’s character in You’ve Got Mail.
- Serve with your favorite crackers.