16 Dec New Year’s Culinary Traditions
It’s New Year’s Season and 2021 is almost over! and how are you preparing to give a welcome to 2022? All over the world there are traditions that remain alive ‘cause tons of people still practice them. For example, in Spain and Latinamerica eating 12 grapes at midnight is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions. In Denmark breaking a plate outside your door in the morning is a calling for luck and friendship. In Ireland, placing a mistletoe leaf under your pillow before you go to sleep will give you luck in love in the coming year and if you’re sick of having old stuff at your place, Italians throw furniture out of their windows as a sign of readiness to accept the new year and all that comes with it.
When it comes to food, traditions also show up. For New Year’s Season, which one do you know? Maybe champagne for a toast after dinner, a main dish made by someone in the family or a homemade dessert. New Year’s Season is one of those times of the year when traditions are celebrated and Caviar also has its own.
Caviar is originally from the Caspian Sea and it’s commonly eaten in countries like Russia. In fact, the classic ways of serving Caviar can be described as “According to the Russian tradition”. This fine food besides being used at the most exquisite recipes all around the world, also has traditional ways to be served.
The first one is to serve Caviar itself. Simply stick the Caviar tin on top of a bed of crushed ice, and serve it with a bone, mother-of-pearl, gold-plated, or even plastic spoon. It’s recommended to not use silver or stainless steel, otherwise both Caviar and spoon will suffer.
A second one is that Caviar should be piled on blini, toast points or plain bread. Accompaniments include melted butter, minced green onions, finely chopped hard-cooked eggs, sour cream or creme fraiche, and lemon wedges. However, if you’re serving a really fine type of Caviar, this is extravagant enough on its own, and it is best unadorned.
And what about the drinks? The classic pairing for Caviar is Champagne or vodka. But some experts say it’s all about taste so choose your favorite and enjoy!
Now you know more about traditions for New Year’s Season from all over the world and a couple of classic ways to serve Caviar, have you decided your recipe for New Year’s Eve? Caviar Lover wants you to enjoy as best as you can this New Year’s Season, that’s why we’re sharing the following dinner party ideas including Caviar and some other fine foods available in our online store.
Citrus and Caper Crème Fraiche
Zest of one lemon
Zest of one orange
3 tablespoons capers, chopped
This is an ideal recipe for a classy appetizer. Just mix everything together and serve in a small bowl. Serve a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) on blini or toast points. Top with a generous dollop of the type of Caviar you choose and that’s it!
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caviar and Crème Fraîche
4 cups coarsely grated sweet potatoes
1/2 cup grated onion
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup flour
Neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed for frying
Crème fraîche, sour cream, yogurt for serving
Fresh chives, minced, for sprinkling
Combine sweet potatoes, onion, lemon, salt, pepper, eggs, and flour. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add enough oil to coat the bottom surface. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mounded spoonfuls of the batter and drop into the pan. The batter should sizzle upon contact. Cook until golden and crisp, flip and cook until the second size is golden and crisp. Transfer fritters to a baking sheet or cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter. Add more oil as needed. Let cool briefly before adding crème fraîche and Caviar. At last, arrange on a platter sprinkle and sprinkle with chives.
Tartines with salt beef, mustard mayo and pickled cucumbers
Toss a few slices of cucumber with a splash of white wine vinegar, a good pinch of sugar and a pinch of dried red chilli flakes.Mix equal amounts of american mustard with mayo and spread over slices of toast. Layer on thin slices of salt beef, then top with the cucumber slices and some chopped dill.
Tartines with smoked salmon, egg and capers
Spread toast with soured cream mixed with chopped chives.Top with slices of smoked salmon, sliced boiled quail’s eggs, capers, more chives and diced red onions.Sprinkle with celery salt to finish.
This New Year’s Season including Caviar and fine foods will be tasty, elegant and jaw dropping for your guests! Make sure to get your ingredients at a reputable store like Caviar Lover. Visit our website and find everything for your dinner party. We’ll be waiting for your visit!