We usually turn to Scandinavians for minimalistic interior inspiration, but it wasn't until a recent trip to Sweden that I realized that they're master entertainers and foodies, too. During a traditional midsummer feast, a celebration that marks the summer solstice, IKEA's U.S. design spokesperson, Janice Simonsen, let me in on one of the company's most underrated products: vegan caviar.
It might sound strange, but since her tip-off, it's become the one item I buy every time I visit IKEA, and it's the dish guests always comment on without fail. If you're wondering what vegan caviar is, Simonsen explains. "Kelp seaweed is harvested from the sea bed, then it's ingeniously made into 'pearls' with a fresh taste of sea and saltiness." The red beads look as luxe as caviar, and they have the same juicy burst of flavor, without the price tag-they're only $3.49 a jar.
According to Peter Ho, head of food-product development, it's also good for you (and the environment). "The seaweed pearls are low in cholesterol, low in sodium, vegan, use natural ingredients for coloring, plus they're more sustainable than caviar," he explains.IKEA SjГ¶rapport Seaweed Pearls $3Shop
While I tend to serve the orange beads in a dish with crackers instead of a cheese platter, there are a ton of smart ways to use caviar to up your entertaining game. "My personal favorites include using them as a topping on deviled eggs, as well as on RГ¶sti (potato pancakes) with crГЁme fraГ®che," says Ho. "You can also serve them as salad or sandwich decoration, mixed into dips and toppings, or heated in hot sauces," suggests Simonsen.
I'm convinced: Vegan caviar might be IKEA's best-kept secret. Take a peek at more of the brand's top food and entertaining steals to elevate your next gathering.IKEA Kryddsmak Spice Mill $15ShopIKEA Tillagd 20-Piece Flatware Set $60ShopIKEA KnГ¤ckerbrГ¶d Dill Crispbread With Dill $2ShopIKEA Storhet Champagne Coupe $2ShopIKEA Glattis Coasters With Holder $7ShopIKEA SГҐs Senap Dill Sauce $3ShopIKEA Rundlig Serving Bowl $13ShopIKEA Lax KallrГ¶kt Smoked Salmon $8ShopIKEA Skogsta Platter With Stand $13ShopIKEA Gullmaj Napkin $6ShopIKEA Fulltalig Candlestick $10ShopIKEA Dryck Bubbel PГ¤ron Sparkling Pear Drink $3Shop
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