CHEF JOHN'S CHEESE BLINTZES
If you're ever talking to someone who's been to, or used to live in, New York City, and the subject of cheese blintzes comes up, you will almost always see their face light up. While there are several steps, they're fairly simple, and so totally worth the effort.
Provided by Chef John
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Place 3 eggs, flour, milk, water, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until completely smooth, 1 or 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Let batter sit at room temperature 30 minutes.
- Whisk together ricotta cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest, egg, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix together thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate.
- Heat a 10-inch, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray or brush lightly with vegetable oil. Pour in about 1/4 cup batter. Immediately swirl batter around to coat bottom of pan. Cook until surface looks dry, about 1 minute. Flip crepe over to briefly cook other side, about 30 seconds. Remove to a plate. Repeat with the rest of batter. Stack crepes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly butter a baking dish.
- Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of filling onto the crepe, about an inch from edge nearest you. Fold edge over filling and flatten slightly. Fold in both sides, then roll up crepe into a small filled rectangle, ending with the seam on the bottom, creating a blintz.
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Cook the blintzes until golden brown on both sides, turning gently, about 2 minutes. Transfer to buttered baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven to firm up the filling, about 12 minutes. Cool blintzes 10 minutes before serving. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 452.1 calories, Carbohydrate 33.2 g, Cholesterol 207.2 mg, Fat 26.9 g, Fiber 0.8 g, Protein 19.4 g, SaturatedFat 12.9 g, Sodium 517.8 mg, Sugar 9.9 g
- Gather the ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, beat together 4 eggs, water, milk, salt, and flour until well-mixed. Don't over-beat. It's okay if small particles of flour remain as they will be absorbed during the resting period.
- Let the batter rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat a small skillet (about 7 inches in diameter) and add a pat of butter.
- Whisk the batter until smooth.
- Pour about 1/4 cup batter into the pan and swirl it around, pouring off excess. Make sure not to let it brown.
- Flip and cook the other side for a few seconds.
- Then, turn the blintz out onto a towel.
- Repeat with remaining batter and pats of butter, staggering the crepes one on top of each other.
- In a large bowl, mix together cheese, melted butter, 1 egg yolk, vanilla, and sugar until well-incorporated.
- To assemble, place one blintz on a work surface and place 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling in a line close to the edge nearest to you.
- Fold envelope-style.
- Roll up, and continue with remaining blintzes and filling.
- Fry the filled blintzes in butter until golden brown.
- Serve with optional sour cream and/or fresh or canned fruit toppings. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts : Calories 146 kcal, Carbohydrate 7 g, Cholesterol 74 mg, Fiber 0 g, Protein 4 g, SaturatedFat 7 g, Sodium 145 mg, Sugar 3 g, Fat 11 g, ServingSize 24 cheese blintzes (24 servings), UnsaturatedFat 0 g
- With a whisk, beat eggs and milk together and add the salt. Gradually, a tablespoonful at a time, whisk in flour and beat until smooth. Heat a 6inch skillet and butter it lightly. Pour in enough batter to make a thin pancake. (If batter is too thick, add water to thin) Pour out excess back into the batter and don't worry if a "tab" forms on the side of the pan.
- Cook the blintz on one side only until the top blisters and it looks dry around the edges. Turn the blintz upside down onto a clean towel. Rebutter the skillet if need be, every 2 or 3 blintzes, and proceed until all the batter has been used up.
- Make assorted fillings, roll up and fry, or bake or freeze for another day.
- Combine the milk, water, eggs, flour, salt and sugar in a blender. Blend on medium speed for 15 seconds, until the batter is smooth and lump-free. Scrape down the sides of the blender and pour in 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Blend it again for a second just to incorporate. Refrigerate the batter for 1 hour to let it rest. If the crepes are made immediately, they have a tendency to be rubbery; when you let the batter rest, the crepes have a better texture and a softer bite.
- Put an 8-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat and brush with a little melted butter for added assurance. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and swirl it around so it covers the bottom evenly; pour back any excess. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until the crepe batter sets. Lightly bang the edge of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen the crepe; then flip it and cook another 30 seconds. The art of flipping a crepe in the air takes practice, so make sure no one is looking when you get the first one going. If this intimidates you, use a heatproof rubber spatula to loosen and flip the crepe. The crepes should be pliable, not crisp, and lightly brown. Slide them onto a platter and continue making the crepes until all the batter is used. Cover the stack of crepes with a towel to keep them from drying out. This makes 10 crepes.
- Assembly: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Forming the blintzes is kind of like making burritos. Spoon 1/4 cup of the Cheese Filling along the lower third of the crepe. Fold the bottom edge away from you to just cover the filling; then fold the 2 sides in to the center. Roll the crepe away from you a couple of times to make a package, ending with the seam side down. Put an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Brush with melted butter. Pan-fry the blintzes for 2 minutes per side until crisp and golden.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes so the egg in the filling cooks slightly and the cheese sets. Using a spatula, transfer the blintzes to serving plates. Spoon the Blueberry Sauce on top, dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve right away.
- Serve with chopped banana and remaining Blueberry Sauce. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
- In a food processor, combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and egg and blend until smooth. Chill the filling to firm it up a bit so it doesn't squirt out of the blintzes.
- Combine the butter, blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring up to a low boil and stir gently until the berries break down and release their natural juices. The consistency should remain a bit chunky. It will thicken up when it cools down slightly.
These paper-thin crepes can be filled with just about anything. For this rendition, a handful of blueberries is blended into a velvety mixture that's spooned into golden, delicate pancakes.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Yield Makes 12
Number Of Ingredients 18
- Make the crepe batter: Whisk together milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and the eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in flour and salt; set aside.
- Make the sauce: Stir blueberries, sugar, butter, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, until berries begin to break down and release their juices, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Make the filling: Puree cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla seeds in a food processor. Transfer to a medium bowl; stir in blueberries. Set aside.
- Make the crepes: Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter and the oil in a small bowl; reserve 1/4 cup for cooking blintzes. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush pan using remaining butter-oil mixture. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into pan; swirl to form an even layer. Cook until bottom is lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, flip crepe; cook 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining butter-oil mixture and batter.
- Transfer a crepe to a clean work surface. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons filling onto crepe 1 inch from bottom and sides. Fold bottom over filling. Fold in sides, and roll up. Set aside, seam down. Repeat with remaining crepes and filling.
- Heat the reserved 1/4 cup butter-oil mixture in clean pan over medium heat. Working in batches of three, fry blintzes, turning once, until golden and crisp, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. Place two blintzes on each plate. Spoon warm sauce over top, and dust with confectioners' sugar.
My mother is a wonderful cook who always likes to prepare (and improve on!) dishes she's sampled at restaurants. That's what I did with these blintzes, and my family loves my fruity version even more than the original.
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 8 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 12
- In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add flour, cornstarch and salt; stir until smooth. Stir in milk. , Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet; pour 1/3 cup batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to evenly coat bottom. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Keep in a warm oven, covered with foil. Repeat with remaining batter. , For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Place about 2 tablespoons in the center of each blintz; overlap sides and ends on top of filling. Place folded side down. Serve with pureed berries; garnish with whipped cream and fresh berries if desired.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 340 calories, Fat 19g fat (10g saturated fat), Cholesterol 283mg cholesterol, Sodium 237mg sodium, Carbohydrate 29g carbohydrate (13g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 14g protein.
Tweak this lunch idea a hundred different ways to find your own flavour. The thin pancake makes a perfect jacket for a tasty meat filling. I use ground pork or beef and add paprika for an Eastern European flavour. Season your meat with your favorite spice or herb.
Provided by 5thCourse
Categories One Dish Meal
Yield 6-8 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Blintz: Beat eggs and milk together.
- Add flour, sugar, salt.
- Add water and melted butter or oil.
- Heat skillet or crepe pan medium/high heat. If needed, grease pan for each blintz.
- Pour about 1/3 cup batter and tilt pan to cover bottom.
- Blintz is done when bottom starts browning and top no longer looks wet. No need to flip.
- Filling: Fry onion.
- Add meat, cook well. If you like, add two tablespoons flour for consistency.
- Add salt, pepper, or other seasonings.
- Use 2-3 tablespoons filling for each blintz. Fold in 2 sides and roll up.
- (I usually skip this next step) Bake in 400 oven 8-10 minutes or til brown.
- Serve with sour cream!
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- Prepare the Batter. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and melted butter. Next, add the flour and salt; and mix well until smooth and no lumps remain.
- Make the Filling. While the batter chills, prepare the cheese filling. In a food processor, blend the cottage cheese until smooth. Then, add the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and pulse until creamy.
- Cook the Blintzes. When the batter is ready, remove it from the fridge and heat a lightly greased eight-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Then quickly pour two tablespoons batter into the center of the hot skillet.
- Flip. Next, carefully flip the blintz over. For best results use a thin, flexible silicone or rubber spatula. (See which spatula our Test Kitchen loves).
- Allow Blintzes to Cool. Remove the cooked blintzes to a wire rack. Repeat step three with the remaining batter. When all the blintzes have been cooked, stack them with waxed paper, parchment or paper towels in between.
- Fill and Fold. When the blintzes have fully cooled, take a single blintz and spread about a heaping tablespoonful of filling onto the lower third of each blintz.
- Bake. When all the blintzes have been filled, bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10 minutes or until heated through.
- Make the Cherry Sauce. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring thawed frozen cherries and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for five minutes or until heated through.
- Serve. To serve, plate three or four warm blintzes on a plate and top with a few heaping spoonfuls of cherry sauce. Garnish with whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar, if desired, and enjoy.
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How do you make blintzes at home?Make the Filling: Using a spatula, combine the farmer’s cheese, egg yolk, sugar, and melted butter until smooth in a medium bowl. Assemble the Blintzes: Next, place a couple of heaping tablespoons of filling at the very bottom of each crepe, making sure to leave enough space on the sides.
What are the different types of blintz recipes?Many blintz recipes include ricotta or mascarpone cheese, usually sweetened, along with another complimentary filling such as blueberries. Mushroom is another popular filling for a heartier blintz.
What are cheese blintzes and how are they made?Cheese blintzes are Jewish pancakes that are rolled and stuffed with a sweet, creamy cheese filling. They are very similar to French crepes or Russian blinis. Enjoy them for breakfast or dessert and paired with a cup of hot coffee! Below, find a rundown of the flavor, texture, and cooking time required to make this recipe.
How do you cook frozen blintzes in the oven?Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Cook the blintzes until golden brown on both sides, turning gently, about 2 minutes. Transfer to buttered baking dish. Bake in preheated oven to firm up the filling, about 12 minutes. Cool blintzes 10 minutes before serving. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar.