September 27, 2007

cornmeal blini

cornmeal blini

I don't really know why this is called a "blini". Looks like a pancake to me! According to my friendly online encylopedia, blini is supposed to be a thin pancake, similar to a crepe.

I think this cookbook must be wrong because these "blini's" are far from thin like a crepe. The batter was thick and there was no way I could make it thin and crepe like. Maybe I should write a note to the editor :)

We ate these for dinner one night. I made some savory stuff to eat my blinis pancakes with. I mixed up some onions, garlic, red peppers, bacon & corn in a thickened (with cornstarch) broth. It was good, but then, bacon could probably make brussel sprouts tasty.... well, almost.

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The original recipe uses smoked salmon on top of these cornmeal blini's but I'm just not a smoked salmon type of gal. If you are, give it a try.


cornmeal blini
makes 24 pieces

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
pinch pepper
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup corn kernals

whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, soda, salt & pepper.

In separate bowl whisk together buttermilk, egg yolk & butter. Pour over flour mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and corn. Stir just until flour is incorporated.

Heat skillet over medium heat. Use 1 tbsp batter for each corn cake and cook each side for about a minute until golden.

Recipe from: Cornmeal "Blini" with smoked salmon, The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook.
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