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Poppy Seed Crackers with Egg Mousse and Caviar

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes freezing and cooling times)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Poppy Seed Crackers:

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon poppy seeds 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon half-and-half 

About 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, for topping 

Egg Mousse:

4 hard-boiled eggs

3 tablespoons mayonnaise 

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 

Kosher salt 

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives 

For topping:

1 ounce caviar

Fresh chives, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


Special equipment:
a pastry bag fitted with a medium tip
  1. For the poppy seed crackers: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Pulse the flour, poppy seeds, onion powder and kosher salt together in a food processor to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup of the half-and-half and process until the dough begins to clump together.
  3. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper and dust it with flour. Turn the dough out onto the parchment, form it into a flat rectangle and then roll it out to approximately 10 by 17 inches. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.
  4. Trim the dough to straighten the edges, then cut into 2-by-1-inch rectangles. Brush the tops with the remaining tablespoon of half-and-half and sprinkle with the flaky sea salt. Transfer the crackers on the parchment to a baking sheet and bake until crisp and light golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack. (The crackers can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.)
  5. For the egg mousse: Pulse the eggs, mayonnaise, lemon juice and some kosher salt in a food processor until very smooth. Add the chives and pulse to combine. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a medium tip and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. To assemble: Pipe the mousse onto the crackers. Top with a small dollop of caviar and some chives. Serve immediately.
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