Caviar Pie and a Mother's Love

by Irena Medavoy
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caviarpiesliceThere are moments during the holiday season where recipes are true soul food.  Instead of feeling  sadness about the ones we have lost and are no longer seated at the table sharing the day with us, we can feel happiness by knowing how loved we were by recreating their favorite recipes that they would make for us.

This Russian Caviar Pie is a secret Medavoy recipe that is only made for Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Christmas. The caviar that tops it can run the range from red salmon caviar to Beluga.  Osetra has the best taste but even the black unknown variety for ten bucks has done in a pinch.  

My mother, terminal with liposarcoma, feeding tube in her, unable to eat, still made her traditional Russian Easter for us one month before she passed away. The Caviar Pie was the center of it.  You slice it, you serve it with a shot of vodka or champagne and life is good.  It was her way of saying "I love you" - nothing will change if you keep these traditions up.  Remember me.  I will be watching over you and your son and husband.

"Everything that matters is under this roof right now"  I had just become a mother, my son was two months old, and she was teaching me what was important.  God, How i miss her.  And when I slice up the pie, I can see her, feel her, and have  so much joy that she is still at our table. And as I am sure she knew, it's my son's favorite recipe at holiday time.

Caviar Pie
9-inch spring form pan
12 eggs - hard boiled and separated whites from yellows
1/4 cup mayo
1 - 16 oz. container sour cream
1 onion diced very fine and strained (onion is optional)
Caviar - your choice on how decadent you wish to be - 4-6 ounces is a light layer, but works beautifully. For a Birthday splurge 8 ounces makes it extra special.
1. Mash egg whites until fine. Add mayo so it holds together.
2. Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of a spring form pan.
3. In a separate bowl, mash egg yellows until a finely crumbled.
4. Sprinkle evenly over egg whites.
5. Spread chopped onion over eggs. This is optional.
6. Spread sour cream in even layer over everything.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
8. Remove from fridge and then layer caviar over sour cream.
9. Carefully remove from spring form pan and serve.


Irena Medavoy is wife to producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island, coming The 33) and mother to Nick Medavoy, a six foot 8, 16-year-old basketball player, a children's right's activist, writer, and coconut oil proponent.


0 #7 Victor Lomeli 2016-01-02 09:57
After reading this I decided I would make so, I went on Periscope and one of my Perifriends who happens to be in WeHo also makes this as a tradition. Thanks to the older Russian man at the Russian market for picking out some special caviar. I ate the entire thing, thanks for this.
0 #6 irena medavoy 2014-12-02 21:48
Love your comments Fredde and Kimberly we will need to have it and honor our parents while having it... and Pauli great new take on it with avocado will have to try it.... Tracy my mom was my best friend... I do miss her every day and Jennifer pretty funny about the caviar ... My son did that at 8 and had to be told the rules of being a good "caviar" guest.... since its such a special treat... he has never forgotten the hostess being in shock ... thank you for the PIE love and love to you all
0 #5 kimberly clark 2014-12-02 07:59
I love this and I love how much we all love our family!
+1 #4 Pauli Moss 2014-12-01 22:01
Talk about hitting all the right notes! I can smell and taste that pie and appreciate your devotion to your family and tradition. A slightly different version of caviar pie that I made for my mother: involved concentric circles on a tart pan with a crispy nest of fried potatoes, three kinds of caviar for color, egg whites and yolks, minced onion, and chopped avocado & creme fraiche.
+1 #3 jennifer dudley arbs 2014-12-01 14:08
When I was 17, living with my 5 sisters and parents in Beverly Hills and attending Marymount HS a boyfriend walked into his Pacific Palisades kitchen. His mother was getting ready for a cocktail party. Phil saw a huge bowl and thought it was a snack. Instead. He put the entire mass of food between two pieces of bread and WHAM. Ingested beluga ! He drank h2o in grand quantities for a week. p.s. he was handsome but lacked common sense and I.Q.
+1 #2 Tracy swope Avildsen 2014-12-01 13:23
Your story is quite touching and your pie looks divine... .......What a warm wonderful Mom she was and now you are sharing that warmth with and love and yummy ness with your family...and friends.....Tha nk you
+1 #1 Fredde Duke 2014-12-01 12:55
If you make it -- they will come!" And by they, I mean me. Tell me when you make that Irena, I'm dying to try it! I'm not a very talented chef. I'm not a chef at all. I just like to eat.

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