Recipe courtesy of Capitale

Chive Blini with Caviar and Creme Fraiche

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 50 (1-inch) pancakes
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1 cup buckwheat flour

1 egg

2/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted and separated

1 teaspoon chives, finely diced

1 pinch salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup creme fraiche

1-ounce caviar of your choice


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, egg, milk, 1 tablespoon butter, chives, and salt. Whisk just until ingredients come together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour. Set a medium nonstick pan over low heat and brush with melted butter. Pour approximately 1 teaspoon of the batter into the pan, and repeat leaving some space between pancakes. When bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes (about 1 to 2 minutes), flip them over with a spatula. Continue cooking for 1 minute more or until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides.
  2. Serve with a tiny dollop of creme fraiche and an even tinier dollop of the caviar of your choice (paddle fish, hackleback, golden whitefish and tobiko all work well.)
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