Blinis are little savory pancakes that make the perfect (delicious!) delivery method for smoked salon, caviar, asparagus tips or whatever you want.
The blini recipe is from the new edition of Joy of Cooking and is fairly straightforward, although there are many other great versions.
Here are a few other blini recipes for inspiration from fellow bloggers:
Erika from Sweet Pea makes them with Red Pepper & Nut Caviar
More Blinis with Smoked Salmon from Baking Obsession
Blini with Caviar from the illustrated cooking blog Kokblog
Mini Buckwheat Blinis (from Joy of Cooking):
(makes about 24 2-inch blinis)
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
3 tbs unsalted butter
3/4 c whole milk
1 tsp and 1/8 tsp dry active yeast (half a packet)
Sour cream, cream cheese and/or creme fraiche
Heat milk in a small saucepan, add butter and heat just until butter melts. Remove from heat and add yeast, let stand 5 minutes, then stir to ensure yeast is dissolved.
Meanwhile, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour milk mixture over dry mixture and stir to incorporate. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 hour in a warm place.
After 1 hour, batter should be almost doubled in size (mine wasn’t, but they turned out fine). Stir down batter and add 2 eggs. Let stand 5 minutes, then make blinis using a tablespoon to ensure they are the same size. Cook in the same manner as pancakes.
Serve topped, or place small bowls of all toppings on a large platter and let everyone make their own.