When I think of the years I spent holidays in France, this appetizer: smoked salmon with fresh cream on blinis (Russian pancakes) always reminds me of time spent with my French relatives. These make for a quick, easy and refreshing recipe that is sure to please guests. I have made several variations of the these tasty little bites, but the one I like the very best I have shared below. The cucumber added to the salmon mix adds just the right amout of crunch.

While in France, I could go to the local shop and find pre-made blinis perfect for a quick appetizer. Since I’ve been back in Montana I haven’t seen these in stores so I have learned to whip up a homemade version of the little pancakes. (Adding about 10 minutes of prep time)

Pair these with a sparkling wine filled with fresh berries to create a starter that will delight your guests.

Ellee Belle sparkling wine with fresh berries

Smoked Salmon Blini:

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter

1. combine flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
2. whisk 3/4 cup plus 2 tblespoon milk, egg and 1 tblespoon melted butter together in a separate bowl. Mix into the flour mixture until batter is fully combined.
3. Heat 1 tblespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Drop batter, 1 tablespoon at a time on the heated skillet. Cook until bubbles and flip. Lay on plate with a towel to soak up excess butter.

Sour Cream Mixture:

3 large dollops of sour cream
2 tablespoons of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of fress dill chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together in a separate bowl.

Smoked Salmon:

Dice smoked salmon into small squares
Add half a lemon juice (to taste)
1/4 cucumber diced
1 shallot diced

Mix together in a separate bowl.

To put together:
Place a dollop of sour cream mixture on the blini and top with a tablespoon of the smoked salmon mixture. Place a sprig of dill for garnish.

Ellee Belle holiday appetizer smoked salmon blinis

And enjoy! Xx Ellee Belle

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