Deviled Eggs with Black Trumpet Caviar
The humble, reliable and always munchable deviled egg cleans up rather well and deserves a place amongst passed appetizers and first courses.
½ dozen eggs
2 Tablespoons mayonaise
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt to taste
Hard boil six eggs.
Peel the eggs and slice them into halves, removing the yolks and setting them aside in a bowl. Set the whites aside, keeping them chilled.
To the egg yolks, add the mayonaise, sour cream and dijon mustard and while mashing the eggs, blend all ingredients together. Salt to taste. Cover and refrigate.
Re-hydrate and clean the black trumpet mushrooms. Finely mince the cleaned mushrooms.
In a small saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then saute the shallots until soft and transluscent. Add the minced black trumpets and cook until tender. Set aside to let cool.
Salt to taste.
Pipe or spoon the egg-yolk mixture into the egg whte halves. Top with a generous spoonful of the black trumpet caviar.
Keep your deviled eggs chilled until ready to be served individually or on a small platter.
Tips and Techniques
Dried Black Trumpet Mushrooms will keep a relatively firm texture while cooking and don't absorb as much water while re-hydrating than some other mushrooms, so cook them somewhat gently at a medium heat.
Substitutions and Variations
Porcini, mousseron and morel mushrooms would work beautifully with this recipe, althogh the visual effect wouldn't be as striking. Black trumpet mushrooms have been referred to as the poor man's black truffle.