Blini With Caviar


1 pound boiling potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons creme fraiche, room temperature
coarse salt, to taste
freshly-ground white pepper, to taste
1 ounce sevruga caviar, or to taste


Place potatoes in pot, cover by 2 inches with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. While still warm, peel potatoes and pass them through tamis (a drum sieve).
Weigh out 9 ounces of resulting puree (about 1 3/4 cups, packed). Working quickly, whisk flour into potatoes, then whisk in creme fraiche. Add 1 egg, whisking batter until smooth. Add second egg, and then yolk, whisking until smooth. Batter should fall from whisk in thick stream but hold its shape. Add a little more creme fraiche if batter is too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Heat nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of batter into skillet for small blini, more for larger blini as desired. Cook 2 minutes, flip and continue cooking another minute or until done. Blini should be golden brown. Keep warm while you make successive batches. Serve immediately, topped each with a dollop of caviar.




A traditional Russian appetizer.


32.0 servings


Friday, December 10, 2010 - 1:02am


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