Caviar, Cream Cheese, Scallion and Egg Towers

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
1 hr 20 min
5 min

about 40 hors d’oeuvres

  • Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 hard-cooked large eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped scallion greens (from about 1 large bunch)
  • Egg Sheets:
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 4 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing skillet
  • 2 ounces beluga or sevruga caviar*
  • *available at some specialty foods shops
  • Make filling: In a bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Quarter eggs and with back of a spoon force through a coarse sieve into cream cheese. Add scallion and stir well. Filling may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring filling to room temperature before proceeding.

  • To make egg sheets: In a bowl dissolve cornstarch in water and whisk in eggs and salt until smooth. Brush a non-stick skillet measuring 6 inches across bottom lightly with oil and heat over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Half-fill a 1/4-cup measure with egg mixture. Remove skillet from heat and pour in 1/8 cup egg mixture, swirling skillet to coat evenly. Return skillet to heat and cook egg sheet until set, 10 to 15 seconds. Loosen edges of egg sheet with a heatproof rubber spatula and turn sheet over. Cook egg sheet until set, 5 to 10 seconds more, and slide onto a plate. Make more egg sheets with remaining mixture in same manner, brushing skillet lightly with oil each time. Egg sheets may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, wrapped in plastic wrap. Makes 8 or 9 egg sheets.

  • On a work surface arrange 2 egg sheets, side by side and overlapping by 1-inch. Put a dab of filling between sheets where they overlap (to act as glue) and press sheets together gently. Spread 1/2 cup filling on overlapping egg sheets, leaving about a 1/2-inch border on each long side. Fold in border of long side nearest you and tightly roll up sheets jelly-roll fashion into 1 (11-inch-long) roll. Wrap egg sheet roll in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour, or until firm. Make 3 more egg sheet rolls with remaining egg sheets and filling in same manner. Egg sheet rolls may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, wrapped well.

  • Discard plastic wrap and trim ends of egg sheet rolls. Cut rolls crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces. Arrange pieces, cut ends up, on a platter and top each with about 1/4 teaspoon caviar.

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