Deviled eggs with California white sturgeon caviar

Time 40 minutes
Yields Makes 12 deviled eggs
Deviled eggs with California white sturgeon caviar
(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

Place the eggs in a medium-sized sauce pot and cover them with water by at least an inch. Place the pot over high heat and bring it to a boil as quickly as possible. Once the water begins to boil, set a timer for 10 minutes. Once the timer sounds, remove the pan from the heat and pour out the hot water. Run the eggs under cold water until they are cool enough to handle but still warm. Carefully peel the shell from each egg under running water. Place the eggs in ice-cold water and transfer to a refrigerator to thoroughly chill them to the center.


Remove the eggs from the ice water and dry them well. Slice the egg in half lengthwise. Remove the egg yolks from the whites and set them aside. Carefully rinse any remaining yolk from the white, then set the whites on a plate lined with paper towels to dry. Loosely cover the whites with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out, and place them in the refrigerator.


Combine the yolks, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, water and lemon juice in a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, then slowly drizzle in the oil until it has been thoroughly incorporated and is homogenous. For added refinement, the yolk purée can be passed through a small fine-meshed strainer (chinois). Chill the yolk purée in the refrigerator, then transfer it to a disposable plastic piping bag.


Uncover the egg whites and blot dry any remaining liquid inside the area where the yolk was. Twist the piping bag to concentrate the yolk mixture toward the tip. Snip the tip of the piping bag so that the opening is a hole about three-eighths inch in diameter. Place the open tip about one-eighth inch from the bottom of the cavity in the white. Slowly squeeze out the yolk mixture and gradually raise the tip until the yolk mixture comes up to the flat surface of the egg. Do not mound the yolk above the flat surface.


Form a quenelle of caviar and place it lengthwise across the top of the egg. Use a pair of scissors to snip 1-inch “spears” from the tips of the chives. Arrange the chive tips so they lean against the quenelle of caviar, and serve immediately.

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