Saturday, October 14, 2006

Cheese Blintz with Blueberry Sauce

recipe #99

I have never had a blintz before today. Infact, I wasn't even quite sure what they were. So today I made them. And they were gooood.

I used a recipe from epicurious, which after some research seemed to be pretty authentic:
For crêpes
1 1/2 cups whole milk
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

For filling
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) farmer cheese
1/2 cup (4 ounces) large-curd cottage cheese (4% milk fat)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch salt

For sauce
4 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (from 5 half-pint containers, picked over)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

For frying
4 tablespoons butter

Special equipment
Iron skillet or crêpe pan
Flexible metal or plastic spatula

Make crêpes
In blender, combine milk and eggs. Add flour and salt and blend at low speed until smooth, less than 1 minute. Let batter stand 1/2 hour.

Have ready large plate or platter. Place skillet over moderately high heat, brush lightly with some melted butter, and heat until butter just begins to smoke. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter into pan, tilting to spread into thin, even layer. Cook until crêpe begins to "blister," edges curl slightly away from skillet, and underside is lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Use flexible spatula to flip crêpe out of skillet and onto plate, cooked side up.

Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet lightly with melted butter before cooking each crêpe. Stack crêpes, cooked side down, on plate and let cool.

Make filling
In large bowl, mash together farmer and cottage cheeses until blended. Add egg yolk, melted butter, sugar, and salt, and mix until combined.

Place 1 crêpe, cooked side up, on a plate. Place 2 tablespoons filling in center, and fold up bottom to cover filling. Fold down top, then flip over and fold in sides. Flip over again and place on a large plate. Repeat with remaining crêpes and filling. (Can be made up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill until ready to fry.)

Make sauce
In large saucepan, combine 3 cups blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Set over moderately low heat and stir gently until sugar dissolves. Raise heat to moderately high and boil, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Remove from heat and gently stir in remaining blueberries.

Fry blintzes
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in iron skillet over moderately high heat. Add 3 blintzes and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining blintzes. Serve hot with sauce.

Makes 12 blintzes

Basically it seems that a blintz is just a crepe that is filled with something and served with or without a sauce. I am going to try a savory blintz, maybe with potatoes and mushrooms next. They are very easy and very much a winter/fall comfort food.

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