Wow! Is that Caviar? Recipe -
Wow! Is that Caviar? Recipe
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Wow! Is that Caviar?

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"Much less expensive and much less time-consuming than it looks. You can buy a small jar of caviar in the canned-fish section of your supermarket for about 5 dollars. This will wow everyone at your next gathering."

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  • PREP

    20 mins

    3 hrs 50 mins


  1. Spread the onion out on a paper towel set over a plate and place in the refrigerator to dry out a bit, about 30 minutes. Spread the chopped egg out on a decorative serving plate or other shallow dish. Refrigerate this too.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and sour cream. Remove the serving dish from the refrigerator, and sprinkle the onions over the eggs. Spoon the cream mixture over the onion layer, and carefully spread flat. Spread black caviar over one half of the top, and red caviar over the other half or if you are feeling creative, make a nice pattern. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Dec 01, 2005

I was going to submit my similar recipe which we call Caviar Pie when I found "Wow! Is that Caviar?" This is a terrific dish to serve or take to parties, always wows them. A slight difference in my recipe, I mix 3T of mayonaise with the chopped eggs, use a bit more cream cheese (8oz) and sour cream(2/3c) layer and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley. Serve with cocktail pumpernickel and/or rye. I love the tip about drying the onions, this can be goopy if you don't drain, dry and chill in advance.

Jul 06, 2006

I thought this was delicious. I served it at a family get-together. People were afraid to try it. "Fish eggs? We use that as bait here in Oregon!" A few suggestions: Use a piping bag, or the corner of a plastic zipper bag to add the sour cream/cream cheese topping. That way, you can leave spaces for people to see what is underneath. Also, next time, I will use 2 TBS of capers, rinsed, in the egg mixture. I placed the onions on a paper towel & put them in the refriegerator, but no juices were given off. Anyway, if I really thought the onions were runny, I'd slice them first, shake salt on them, and then put them in the fridge. A half hour later I'd take them out and rinse off the salt, pat-dry with paper towels, and then dice the onions. I garnished the corners with fresh fennel fronds. It was a lovely touch.


9 Ratings

Dec 06, 2005

Wow is right! This recipe was so easy, and I took it to an open house last night and everyone went nuts over it. It was gone almost before anything else was even touched. I put it in a pretty pie pan and caught one guy scraping up the last of it with his FINGER! I think I spent about $12 on the recipe, so it wasn't the cheapest thing I could have made, but it looked like I spent three times what I did. BTW, about the recipe -- drain and rinse BOTH caviars SEPARATELY, not just the one. I added capers to the recipe -- just a small jar, drained, and arranged on top with the caviars.

Dec 26, 2006

Outstanding, it disappeared very quickly at our Christmas day party, with rave reviews by all. I made mine in a dish with three horizontal compartments. I put the layered caviar ingredients in the middle using black/red stripes and put "mini-toasts" (bought in a package from the supermarket)in the side compartments. I will be making this one again and again.

Jan 03, 2009

Very delicious. My mom used to make this for cocktail parties back in the late eighties. She used a springform pan to make it and transport it, but when the sides were removed, it was very pretty. I also think she did a layer of the cream cheese/sour cream (and I think hers had mayo too) on the bottom, then egg and onion together, then more cream cheese mixture, then caviar on top. And she only ever used black, but I love the idea of doing a red and white yin yang on top. :)

Mar 09, 2007

My guest liked this even those who weren't too sure about eating fish eggs. Recipe can be found on the package of caviar, so while not original, it's good to know that it is good.

Nov 04, 2006

Great recipe! Everyone that liked caviar really loved this!

Nov 11, 2012

I make this every year during the holidays. Everyone loves it. And it can be fun making different designs. I use small folded up pieces of aluminum foil as "bars" to design my shape, then add the different colors of caviar. Great Wow Factor! I also add capers as part of the design on top.


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  • Calories
  • 73 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 121 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 5.7 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 165 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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