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Festive Bites to Round Out the Year!

by Olga Schafranek |

I like to end the year (or start the new one) on a fun, festive and delicious note. As the work and neighborhood parties slow down and we get ready to ring in the New Year, I wanted to show you what beautiful bites you can put together without much work, leaving yourself some extra time to perfect a signature cocktail, or to just relax.

I found some fun tart shells (round and diamond-ish) at a local grocery store and immediately envisioned elegant and effortless bites for a New Year's Eve party. I chose to use Reserve Caviar and Gold Pearl Salmon Roe, but pretty much any of the Tsar Nicoulai selection will work for this versatile appetizer.

The taller round ones were filled with the roe and a sprig of dill for garnish. I spooned a shallow layer of creme fraiche in the diamond tart shell and topped with the Reserve. I alternated the toppings to make them even more festive. On some I put caviar only on half, making them black and white, others were filled in all the way, and on the rest I did half caviar with half roe. The jewel tones definitely popped and made these bites extra bright and party ready. 

If you want to add a little more flavor complexity, you could mix in some lemon zest and/or fresh herbs into the creme fraiche before putting it into the tart shells. The tall round pastry shells would work beautifully with our smoked fish options as well. The variations are pretty much endless. 

If you use Tsar Nicoulai Caviar for your holiday party, definitely tag us on Instagram so we can see your awesome ideas! 

Wishing everyone a beautiful New Year! 

Na Zdarovye,

Olga