Truffle Custards with Crab and Caviar Recipe

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Recipe adapted from Brad Farmerie, executive chef at Monday Room wine bar in New York. Photo from The Associated Press, January 23, 2008.

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Truffle Custard with Crab and Caviar

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Truffle Custards with Crab and Caviar Recipe:

Recipe Type: Appetizer, Crab, Truffle Oil, Caviar
Yields: Serves 12
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 minutes


2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon white Truffle Oil
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
Salt and coarsely-ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 ounce hackleback (or other black) caviar


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to center position.

Arrange 12 shot glasses in a 9-by-9-inch baking pan. Bring a kettle of water to a low simmer over low heat.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, and truffle oil; set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and soy sauce. Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly; remove from the heat and let cool 1 minute. Whisking constantly, slowly pour the hot cream mixture into the eggs. Immediately strain the mixture through a mesh strainer into a large liquid measuring cup (or other container or pitcher with a pouring spout).

Carefully pour the strained mixture into the shot glasses, filling them about 3/4 full. Carefully pour enough hot water from the kettle into the baking pan to reach halfway up the shot glasses. Cover the pan with foil and bake approximately 9 to 10 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean (the custards should be firm at the edges and just barely wobbly at the center). If needed, cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Remove from oven and immediately remove cups from water bath. Let cool at room temperature until ready to serve.

While the custards cook and cool, prepare the crab. In a small bowl, gently mix the crab, chives, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, spoon a small amount of the prepared crab mixture over each custard, then top with a dollop of caviar.

Makes 12 shot glasses.



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