Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Blog Party XVII: Lights, Camera, Action!

This month's Blog Party over at Dispensing Happiness is all about the glamour. Stephanie's gone Hollywood, and she's taking us with her.

This month I've brought to the party:

Blinis with "caviar"

Deep Fried Pineapple

and a lovely glass of wine.

Blinis and caviar has always sounded like such an elegant dish to me, but I've never had any interest in trying caviar. Then it hit me - just fake it!

Blinis with "Caviar".
1 large (8oz) red or white skinned potato
1 tb flour
1 tb sour cream
1 egg


sour cream
finely diced tomato (the "caviar")
finely diced red onion

Boil the potato until tender. Cool slightly and peel. Mash the potato in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, sour cream and egg. Season with salt.

Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. Pour in about 1 tsp of oil and drop small spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Keep the blinis warm while you use up the rest of the batter.

To serve, place a small spoonful of sour cream on each blini. Top with some diced tomatos and onion, and serve. Squeeze lemon on top if desired. Serve straight away.

I love pineapple, but I wanted to do something different with it. So I fried it! I used a tempura batter I bought in Chinatown and stirred in some brown sugar and hot chile flakes. The result was really nice. Hot, crispy, sweet and spicy.

Our wine was from one of our favorite wineries in BC - Mission Hill. Besides having a completely breathtaking property, their wines are terrific. My favorite is the Riesling. If it's available in your area, you should try it.

Stephanie, thanks. I can't wait to see all the fabulous food at the party!


Tanna said...

I love it...just fake it!! There is also something called Texas caviar that uses black eyed peas. I always figure I'll try blinis someday.
Here's my wierd comment on fried pineapple: If you bite into it thinking its fried potatoe, it really taste terrible.

Paige said...

My friends parents have wine glasses exactly like that. When we were kids, we would get to drink cranberry/ginger ale "fancy drinks" out of them at Christmas. :)

peabody said...

Wow, deep fried pineapple...who knew!

Brilynn said...

I've been thinking of doing some sort of 'fake' caviar, but haven't quite figured out what to use yet, your substitution worked very well.

Sara said...

Tanna - I recently saw another one that used roasted eggplant. All 3 sound better than real caviar to me. Yes, I can see that thinking you are biting into a potato and tasting pineapple would be very wierd.

Paige - those could be the same glasses - I bought them at a thirft store!

Peabody - mmmm it was good. I almost made a chocolate sauce to dip them in, but I restrained myself.

Brilynn - thanks!