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Recipe: 5 Ways to Make Delicious Blini Appetizers in Under 10 Minutes

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This elegant yet simple appetizer is the perfect beginning to a relaxing and busy-free evening. Blinis are sold at Whole Foods or most specialty grocery stores. It is a tiny buckwheat pancake that is a one-bite delight. If you can’t find them, substitute with sliced baguette, brioche, lavash, or even a slice of crispy cooked Yukon potato. They are delicious with champagne… but then again, what isn’t good with champagne!

5 Variations

  • Caviar, lemon, Crème Fraiche
  • Shrimp, crispy bacon, cream cheese
  • Dill, cucumber, and shaved carrots with a goat cheese
  • Seared tuna with avocado and grated fresh ginger
  • Crab with lemon juice, spicy mayo, and green onion


Smoked Salmon Blini

Serves 4

  • 1 – 4oz package smoked salmon
  • 1 – 12 count package mini blini (size of a silver dollar)
  • 1 carton Crème Fraiche (substitute: sour cream)
  • 5 – 7 sprigs fresh chives (substitute: thinly sliced scallions) – chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons (more or less) capers
  • 1 lemon


  1. Heat oven to 350 – warm blinis in the oven on center rack until warm and lightly brown – about 5 minutes.
  2. Layer warm blinis with salmon, Crème Fraiche, capers, and chives.
  3. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on each just before serving





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