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Old 05-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Basil Caviar

We made some basil caviar the other night to use for an amuse bouche. The caviar consisted of basil puree, salt, and sodium alginate which was dispensed into a calcium chloride solution. The rest of the amuse consisted of vine ripened tomato, artisanal goat cheese, aged balsamic vinegar, and fleur de sel. A mini, bite-sized salad so to speak:


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I'm pretty sure I'd prefer basil caviar to the nasty fishy stuff! Cool!

How much would a patron pay for that bite-sized salad, IC?

Just curious.

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Was your basil puree just blanched basil leaves, pureed? Or was it pushed through a tamis also?

I've been wanted to pull out my alginate and CaCl lately, but haven't been suitably inspired as to how to use it.
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I'm pretty sure I'd prefer basil caviar to the nasty fishy stuff! Cool!

How much would a patron pay for that bite-sized salad, IC?

Just curious.

Lee
The amuse bouche is complimentary. Every dinner gets one to begin their meal.
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Was your basil puree just blanched basil leaves, pureed? Or was it pushed through a tamis also?

I've been wanted to pull out my alginate and CaCl lately, but haven't been suitably inspired as to how to use it.
The puree was basil that was blanched and all the water squeezed out, then it was pureed in the Vita-prep with some olive oil until smooth. I tried pushing it through a tamis once before, but the basil flavor wasn't as intense.
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IC, again you amaze me. It's so fantastic to have a chef like you in the midst!
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