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Blinis with Smoked Salmon


The classic brunch combiniation of blinis, smoked salmon, dill, and creme fraiche makes an equally appealing dinner-party starter.

  • Yield: Makes about 24

Photography: Luca Trovato

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2001


  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 pound smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • Fresh dill, for garnish


  1. To clarify the butter, melt it in a small saucepan over low heat. Using a spoon, remove white foam from surface of melted butter, and discard. Allow butter to sit 15 minutes. Pour off the golden liquid, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the saucepan. Set aside.

  2. Place buckwheat and all-purpose flours, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and 1 tablespoon clarified butter in a large bowl; whisk until well combined.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons clarified butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Drop batter into skillet, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cook until blinis are covered with bubbles, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip; cook until brown, about 1 minute more. Repeat with remaining batter.

  4. To serve, top blinis with the smoked salmon, 1/2 teaspoon creme fraiche, and a sprig of dill.

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