Blintzes and Their Fillings

December 9, 2003

By Avi Green

Well, it's wintertime, and I guess a couple of nice, warm blintzes might do for those of you who're looking for a great dairy meal for the season. So here we go with our recipe listings.

First off, the blintze batter up.

3 eggs
1 cup milk or water
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons salad oil
3/4 cup sifted flour
Butter or oil for frying

Beat the eggs, milk, salt, and salad oil together. Stir in the flour.
Heat a little butter or oil in a 6-inch skillet. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter into it, tilting the pan to coat the bottom. Use just enough batter to make a very thin pancake. Let the bottom brown, then carefully turn out onto a napkin, browned side up. Proceed to make the rest of the pancakes.
Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of any of the fillings along one side of the pancake. Turn opposite sides in and roll up like a jelly roll.
You can fry the blintzes in butter or oil and bake them in a 425 farenheit oven until browned. Makes about 18.
Serve the dairy blintzes with sour cream.

Which brings us to the next part of this installment, the sour cream batter for the blintzes! Roll it.

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sifted flour
Butter for frying

Beat together the egg, milk, sour cream and salt. Stir in the flour, and mix it until it's smooth.
Heat some butter in a 7-inch skillet. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter into it, tilting the pan to spread the batter evenly. Fry until browned, and turn to brown on the other side.
Place a heaping tablespoon of one of the fillings on each pancake. Tuck in the opposite sides and roll up. Arrange in a buttered baking dish and bake in a 450 farenheit oven for 10 minutes.
This batter makes for a rich pancake, and is more suitable for sweet fillings. Makes about 16.

Next up, is fillings for the blintzes.

Apple:

1 egg white
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
4 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter

Beat the egg white until it begins to stiffen. Fold in the apples, sugar and cinnamon. Fill the pancakes and arrange in a buttered baking pan. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and butter.
Bake in a 400 farenheit oven 20 minutes. Makes about 18 good ones.

Vegatable:

1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup finely sliced green pepper
3/4 cup diced onions
3 tablespoons butter or oil
1 tablespoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper

Cook the cabbage, carrots, green pepper and onions in the butter or oil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with the salt and cayenne.

Meat:

2 cups ground cooked meat
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons minced parsley

Mix all the ingredients together.

Cheese:

2 cups drained cottage cheese
1 egg yolk
3/4 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

Beat the cheese, egg yolk, salt and butter together. Add the sugar or lemon juice if you like - some people like it sweet, others don't.

Blueberry:

1 1/2 cups blueberries
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Toss all the ingredients together for a ball.

So there you have it, everybody. Choose whichever method of preparation you prefer, and you'll be able to enjoy some great dairy or meat meals for the wintertime. And that's all for today. Have a great season, everybody!

Copyright 2003 Avi Green. All rights reserved.

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