Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon

I had this during the summer of 2009 when I was in Moscow. Blinis, from the Russian word Blin, are small thick pancakes made with flour. But I decided to add potato to the pancake mixture, just to shake things up. Blinis are often served with salt herring, caviar, or smoked salmon. This was the only Russian food that I enjoyed while I was there.

[100% organic & wild]

  • 2 cups Idaho potatoes, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 TBS potato/corn starch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Salt & pepper for taste
  • Canola oil for blinis
  • Chives, finely chopped
  • Whipped cream
  • Smoked salmon, very thinly sliced

Chop the potatoes and dice into small cubes (to make blending easier). Chop the onion and slice the garlic and put aside. Place the potatoes, onion, and garlic into the blender with the starch, salt, pepper, and eggs. Purée until smooth. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.

Heat a large pan over medium heat with canola oil. Make them like pancakes, drop 2 TBS of the blini batter to pan and cook until a few bubbles appear and the edges of blini begin to look cooked. Flip blinis and cook other side until lightly browned and cooked through.

TO ASSEMBLE

Squeeze some whipped cream on the blinis and top with sliced salmon. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.

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