Capercaillie's nest is a spectacular salad that will decorate any feast. The main idea is clearly seen in the decor of this dish - the salad is necessarily made in the form of a kind of nest. Since this is, so to speak, a reduced copy of the capercaillie dwelling, quail eggs are used in it. But they, laid out on a dill pillow and framed by thin strips of french fries, create a holistic harmonious picture that imitates the abode of a forest bird.
Thinly sliced fried potatoes are the main highlight of the salad called Capercaillie's Nest. It will serve not only as a bright decoration, but also will give the dish an interesting flavor. Capercaillie's Nest Salad contains a classic set of products that is typical for many recipes. This combination, proven over the years, will be enjoyed by guests at a festive celebration, and the appearance of the appetizer will surprise and be remembered by all its tasters for a long time.
Such an unusual salad under the intriguing name "Capercaillie's Nest", the recipe of which with step-by-step photos is presented on the Hozoboz website, is simply obliged to have an extraordinary history of origin. According to some reports, today's Capercaillie's Nest salad, which is prepared with chicken, previously included a slightly different meat component - capercaillie game. This forest bird was distributed throughout Russia a couple of centuries ago and was a popular object of hunting.
It is not surprising that experienced chefs were able to find a worthy use for it, creating an amazingly tasty and outwardly attractive salad, which was named after its main ingredient - Capercaillie's Nest. According to another version, the recipe for this dish was invented much later - at the end of the 20th century. One of the Moscow legends indicates that this dish has a unique musical history and is named after the club of musicians - bards of the same name.
A large number of eggs in this dish enriches it with protein. The calcium in the cheese will strengthen the bone tissue. If you replace the fried potatoes with another ingredient, this salad will be less greasy. So, to make the dish more dietary, instead of potatoes, thin strips of boiled carrots or parsley sprigs are taken for decoration, and mayonnaise is replaced with sour cream.