pancakes; Buckwheat pancakes; Shrovetide dish; Thin pancakes;
Pancakes served with sour cream
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blintz, blintze, or blin (plural: blintzes, blini, or blinchiki)
is a thin pancake. It is somewhat similar to a crêpe with
the main difference being that yeast may be used in blini, but
not in crêpes.
English word blintz comes from the Yiddish בלינצע
which in turn comes from blin. "Blin" comes from Old
Slavic mlin, which means "to mill".
had a somewhat ritual significance for early Slavic peoples in
pre-Christian times since they were a symbol of the sun, due to
their round form. They were traditionally prepared at the end of
winter to honor the rebirth of the new sun (Butter Week, or
Maslenitsa). This tradition was adopted by the Orthodox church
and is carried on to the present day. Blini are also served at
wakes to commemorate the recently deceased.
Russian blini are made with yeasted batter, which is left to rise
and then diluted with cold or boiling water or milk. When diluted
with boiling water, they are referred to as zavarniye blini. The
blini are then baked in a traditional Russian oven. In fact, the
process of cooking blini is still referred to as baking in
Russian, even though these days they are almost universally
pan-fried, like pancakes. French crêpes made from unyeasted
batter (usually made of flour, milk, and eggs) are also not
uncommon in Russia, where they are called blinchiki and
considered to be a borrowed dish. All kinds of flour may be used
for making blini: from wheat and buckwheat to oatmeal and millet,
although wheat is currently the most popular by far.
were popularized in the United States by Jewish immigrants who
used them in Jewish cuisine. While not part of any specific
religious rite in Judaism, blintzes that are stuffed with a
cheese filling and then fried in oil are served on holidays such
as Chanukah (as oil played a pivotal role in the miracle of the
Chanukah story) and Shavuot (when dairy dishes are traditionally
served within the Ashkenazi minhag).
may be prepared and served in three basic ways.
may be eaten as-is. In this case, the batter may contain various
add-ins, from grated potato or apple to raisins. These blini are
quite common in Eastern Europe and are more solidly filled than
the spongy pancakes usually eaten in North America.
may be smeared with butter, sour cream, jam, honey, or caviar
(whitefish, salmon, or traditional sturgeon caviar, although the
latter is not kosher and therefore not used in Jewish cuisine)
and then they might be folded or rolled into a tube. In rolled
form they are similar to French crêpes. The caviar filling
is popular during Russian-style cocktail parties.
filling such as jam, fruit, potato, cottage cheese or farmer
cheese, cooked ground meat, cooked chicken, and even chopped
mushrooms, bean sprouts, cabbage, and onions (for a Chinese
eggroll-type blintz) is rolled or enveloped into a pre-fried
blintz and then the blintz is lightly re-fried, sautéed,
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We NYT 98 They may be served with caviar
Th NYT 09 They're often served with caviar
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