I love this dish because it's an old family recipe that's been handed down from generation to generation. As a born-and-bred Nashvillian, I love to cook with local ingredients. Featuring Tennessee paddlefish roe in this elegant appetizer makes it all the more special.
Technique tip: We used paddlefish roe from Kelley's Katch Caviar in Savannah, Tennessee.
- 2/3 cup thinly sliced scallions (from about 5 scallions)
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh chives
- 1/3 cup minced shallot
- 1½ tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic paste
- 1/3 cup chervil sprigs, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups sour cream
- 8 ounces Tennessee river paddlefish caviar or sturgeon caviar
- Water crackers
1. Whisk together scallions, oil, vinegar, dill, chives, shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic in a large bowl. Finely chop half of the chervil and whisk into dressing. Season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
2. Divide sour cream evenly among 4 shallow bowls, making a well in center of each. Pour dressing evenly into wells.
3. Dollop about 2 ounces caviar on edge of sour cream in each bowl, and garnish evenly with remaining chervil sprigs. Serve with water crackers.