Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Blini:

  2. 1 1/2 cups milk

  3. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  4. 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/2 teaspoons

  5. 3/4 cup buckwheat flour

  6. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  7. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  8. 3/4 teaspoon salt

  9. 2 large eggs

  10. 4 tablespoons butter, divided use

  11. Smoked Salmon Filling:

  12. 1 cup flaked smoked salmon

  13. 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice

  14. 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel Sour Cream Dressing:

  15. 1 cup sour cream

  16. 1/4 cup chopped celery

  17. 2 tablespoons chopped green onion

  18. 1/8 teaspoon salt

  19. 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  20. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or parsley

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. To prepare Blini (buckwheat pancakes): Combine milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH in 1-minute increments until butter is melted, stirring between each minute. Cool to warm (110°F.).

  2. Sprinkle yeast over surface of milk and let stand about 5 minutes to dissolve yeast.

  3. In separate mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar and salt. Pour milk mixture over dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the mixture is bubbly and has expanded by about a third. (At this point, resulting batter can be refrigerated overnight and recipe completed the following day.)

  4. Add eggs to batter, stirring to deflate bubbles made by yeast.

  5. Heat heavy skillet over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high.

  6. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet; drop small spoonfuls of batter to form small pancakes into skillet. Cook until the edges look a bit dry and small bubbles form at the surface of the pancakes. Flip to cook other side; remove from skillet when second side is browned. Stack on wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter until done.

  7. Prepare Smoked Salmon Filling: In a small bowl, combine salmon, orange juice and peel; set aside.

  8. Prepare Sour Cream Dressing: In a small bowl, combine sour cream, celery, green onion, salt and pepper; set aside.

  9. To assemble: Top each blini (pancake) with a dollop of sour cream dressing; place about a tablespoon of salmon mixture on top of dressing and sprinkle with dill and additional pepper if desired.

  10. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Arrange on serving platter garnished with extra dill sprigs.

  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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