Black Olive Caviar Bites


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This appetizer is perfect for New Year's Eve. Serve small toasts as an accompaniment. A great option if you're on a budget and can't afford the real thing!

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  • Caviar:
  • 1 2 1/4 oz. can sliced black olives, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 hard-cooked egg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1.2 C. crème fraiche, sour cream, or fresh white goat cheese

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To make the caviar, stir together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning. To prepare the egg, using a fork, finely crumble the egg in a small bowl. Season to taste.

To assemble each serving, starting at the handle end of the spoon, arrange rows of about 1/2 tsp. crème fraiche, sour cream, or goat cheese, about 1/2 tsp. egg, and about 1/2 tsp. caviar. Pass the assembled spoons on a tray or platter. Provide a glass or other container where your guests can place the spoons once they have taken their bite.

Advance preparation: The caviar will keep for up to 2 days in a covered container in the refrigerator. Assemble the spoons up to 1 hour before serving; cover and refrigerate.

Yield: 1/2 C. caviar (enough for 48 spoon-size bites) 

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