Editor’s note: This recipe was created by Erika Lenkert, author of the book, The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining. For Lenkert’s tips on throwing a last-minute New Year’s Eve party, click here.
When it comes to entertaining I’m a selective cheapskate. I thrive on figuring out how to get the most bang out of minimal bucks for things like decor, so that I can splurge on a few fantastic ingredients, like high-quality American caviar for this dish. When throwing a party I love doing something really easy that looks and tastes fabulous. This is one such example — a hearty scoop of American caviar atop a bite of petite potato salad inside a shot or martini glass. If using shot glasses, serve it with mini plastic spoons, which can be found at ice cream stores. For martini glasses, go with teaspoons or demitasse spoons.
Makes 8 “shots” or 4 martini-glass servings
2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 cup sparkling wine
2 tablespoons chives
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
2 ounces Sterling Royal or other caviar
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Boil the potatoes until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool immediately; set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine the sour cream, sparkling wine, chives, and lemon zest.
Add the well-drained, cooled potatoes to the dressing and gently mix until combined. Fill 8 shot glasses almost to the rim with potato salad. (You can also use 4 martini or other glasses, Chinese soupspoons, or other small containers.) Top with 1/4 ounce of caviar. Serve immediately or keep chilled until service.