Russian Blinis are little buckwheat pancakes that are typically served with sour cream and a generous spoonful of sturgeon caviar. The best caviar in the world comes from the Caspian and Black Seas, both of which have shores with Russia. These high end delights are served with chilled vodka and sometimes champagne.
Blini is also a term used for crepes and this batter could certainly be used for that purpose as well. Often times the crepes are much larger and thinner and filled with either sweet or savory fillings.
For our purposes we made these delightful Russian blinis as our starter. They make an immediate impression of class. Good caviar is quite expensive you can pick some up here if you can't find it locally. It is one of my favorite things in the world. Some say it is an acquired taste but I really don't understand that. It is simply a heavenly bite! Russian blinis are sometimes served also with Salmon roe as well as smoked salmon. Additionally, you can use creme fraiche instead of sour cream for a lighter cream.
These Russian blinis are surprisingly easy to make, if you can make a pancake you can make blinis. The recipe make about 45 blinis so you can half the recipe depending on how many you need.
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- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk warm
- 2 eggs separated
- 1/2 cup sour cream or crème fraiche
- 1/4 cup caviar or salmon roe
- 8 oz. smoked salmon
- In a bowl, combine flours, yeast and salt.
- Add warm milk and egg yolks. Whisk until smooth.
- Cover with a tea towel.
- Let rest for about 1 hour in a warm place.
- In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in meringue, using a whisk.
- In a lightly buttered skillet, pour a little batter at a time to form small pancakes, about 2-inches in diameter.
- Cook for about 1 minute or until small holes form at the surface of the batter.
- Turn blini over and cook for about 1 more minute. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Garnish each blini with ½ teaspoon of sour cream and ¼ teaspoon of fish roe and/ or smoked salmon.
- Serve blinis at room temperature with some chilled vodka or champagne