Yukon Gold Potato Blinis


This recipe is idiot-proof. I know, i tested it myself.. on myself. Yukon Gold Potato Blinis make the best little canapés and can be served on their own or with caviar and crème fraîche or other accompaniments like smoked or cured salmon. Make them in rounds, square or octagon or cook them in funky shapes for a special celebration. Use them to patch holes in the wall or as edible sleeping masks, ear muffs or knee pads… Whatever you do, make sure there are plenty of them. You will be asked for seconds.

The recipe for these potato blinis is somewhat similar to gnocchi. At least the ingredients are but the ratio is different. I like to think of them as flattened, pan-fried gnocchi or “gnocchi pancakes” because well, that’s what they are. I know the caviar garnish isn’t very recession-friendly but use your imagination.. and save me a bite.

..’nuff said.

  • Yukon Gold Potato Blinis

    • Serves 4
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    • For the Yukon Gold Potato Blinis:
    • 1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes, skin on
    • 2 or 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon sour cream
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • salt & white pepper
    • butter
    • For the garnish (example):
    • Caviar
    • creme Fraiche
    • hard-boiled eggs, chopped
    • shallots, chopped
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      For the Yukon Gold Potato Blinis:
    • Put the potatoes in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer until cooked. Drain and peel the potatoes while they are still hot. Press through a potato ricer while still warm.
    • Incorporate flour with a fork and mix in the sour cream. Add eggs 1 by 1 while mixing. Season with salt and pepper. The batter should have the consistency of pancake batter.
    • Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. Melt some butter and spoon some batter into the pan (like if you were making miniature pancakes). Cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes and flip. Cook for one more minute. Reserve on a tray and garnish.
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  • http://www.mangotomato.blogspot.com Olga

    I literally said OMG the second I saw that photo. Looks SO GOOD. Had something similar at DC’s Capital Food Fight last night. LOVE caviar. This is worth a ride on the Amtrak :)

  • http://staceysnacksonline.com Stacey Snacks

    Hey, we both posted potatoes w/ creme fraiche and caviar, how come yours are so fancy?

  • http://www.enjoythedelicious.com/ Gerry

    How beautiful and I bet it all tastes as good as it looks. Gorgeous!

  • http://www.6bittersweets.com Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    I love seeing you go from one stunning photo and recipe to another. Breath-taking is the only appropriate description of these!

  • http://wagashi-net.de/blog/wagashimaniac/ Amato

    This is very “russian” and soo good…
    I’m born in Poland, we have something very similar:whole (unpeeled) potato cooked in water, while hot remove some peel from the top, add some sour cream and caviar.The mix between simple potato and caviar- mhmmm…
    And don’t forget to have a little real good vodka with it!(russian or polish but please “real ones”) 😉
    My family called this: “potato in uniform” (like policeman in uniform), the dark peel is “the uniform”.
    Sometimes easy meals are the best.
    Your photo is mouthwatering – I got very hungry.

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com pigpigscorner

    You always make simple dishes look soooo beautiful!

  • http://blogquat.blogspot.com Gfron1

    These may be the best pictures I’ve seen this year – stunning!

  • http://www.my-easy-cooking.com nina

    Just the perfect size to hide one in each cheek….oops forgot I am at a fancy schmancy dinner party!!!!

  • http://ciaochowlinda.blogspot.com Ciaochowlinda

    OMG – Those photos are drool worthy. Makes you want some right now.

  • http://www.learnfoodphotography.com Neel | Learn Food Photography

    What a wonderful photography. This is totally amazing. I like the light usage and the composition in the first photograph.

  • http://dolceinewyork.blogspot.com Dolce

    Will save the recipe for Christmas… Avec un peu de chance je peux soudoyer mes parents pour nous degoter du caviar si je fais les blinis :)

  • katie

    These are very sexy looking, great idea for a new years party or dinner for two. yummy!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva@The Sugar Bar

    beautiful! i’m sure they taste as good as they look and make for great starters

  • http://zested.wordpress.com liz {zested}

    I just saw this on foodgawker and wow – it jumped off the page. I will trade you photo lessons for cooking lessons!

  • http://lipsmackinggoodness.blogspot.com Lori

    So beautiful and eye catching.

  • http://www.tasteslikehome.org Cynthia

    I am definitely making these. Did I tell you that I made your pea pancakes? Outstanding!

  • http://www.clumbsycookie.blogspot.com clumbsycookie

    How adorable are those cute gnochi pancakes?! How adorable are they?! Almost as adorable as you 😉

  • http://onceuponaplate.blogspot.com Mari @ Once Upon a Plate

    Little works of art! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

    Fabulous photography ~ I’m so pleased to have found your site, it is lovely and I’ll be back often.

  • http://trissalicious.com Trissa

    Gorgeous picture – it is breathtaking… can’t believe something so simple can look so good! Thank you for sharing. Love your blog!

  • http://devourtheworld.blogspot.com jen

    2 in a row of idiot proof recipes?! holy cow.

    the worst part is that I just discovered that I liked caviar no thanks to Jaden’s party!! now I feel compelled to attempt this…can you send over some caviar, though??

  • http://inncuisine.com Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

    These sound and look surprisingly perfect, and idiot proof? A bonus! Gorgeous photos too…talk about making my mouth water.

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

    These are stunning. I certainly qualify for a recipe that is idiot proof. Do you offer a guarantee?

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com we are never full

    these are awesome appetizers to make – i’m sure it would wow some guests. but it is so simple and i can tell how good they are by the color of the potato. very, very, very nice.

    too bad none of my friends are worth buying caviar for. whaaaa haaaa haaa haaaaaaaaaa. (don’t show this to any of my friends please).

  • http://motherrimmy.com Kristi Rimkus

    Beautiful pictures!

  • http://chicopea.blogspot.com/ chicopea

    Zen you are awesome! Your photography skills have climbed astronomically. These look like little fridge magnets hehe

    I’ll make sure you run that marathon one day 😉 Actually, the lottery is opened on the NYRR site for 2010. eh-hem.

  • http://www.mycookinghut.com mycookinghut

    Looks really nice.. with great combination!

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  • http://www.tavolini.blogspot.com Tavolini

    Now those are handsome!! And toothsome! And awesome!!

    I want some. Just a few. Just a taste 😉

  • http://thenakedbeet.com edava

    Love the blini. We also did this at our Russian family parties-although a bit bigger. I’ll have to renew the tradition and your photography makes me want to eat them off the page. I’ve bookmarked you as my new favorite food blogger.

  • JaneR

    definitely trying these for my next cocktail party thanks for sharing

  • http://melaniemusings2@wordpress.com Melanie

    I love your recipes–they are inspiring and inspired!!Thanks for sharing.