Looking through my family recipes, it suddenly occurs to me we have some kind of cream cheese fetish. There are more recipes made with cream cheese than anything else. This is one of my favorites, but not one I make often. I needs a very special occasion.
A blintz is basically a crepe (very thin pancake) filled with some kind of cheese filling. This is the recipe my mom used for many a morning brunch, and her blintzes were always a big hit. The recipe can be easily modified for a low fat meal.
Cream Cheese Blintzes
3 tbsp veg oil
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
Beat together eggs, milk and oil. Add flour and salt and beat until smooth.
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
2 cups cottage cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla
Mix together, a little lumpy is ok.
Coat a medium hot frying pan with butter (or Pam for low fat meals). Using a ladle, pour batter into pan. I usually pour a circle, count to 3, and then pour in the center. This allows the outside to cook a little and keep the insides from oozing all over the pan. Cook both sides a few minutes and set aside.
Spoon 2-3 tbsp of filling mixture into center, and fold the sides in, fold the top down, then roll up from the bottom, just like a burrito. Set aside - you can put them in a warm oven to keep until you're ready to serve.
You will find yourself getting into a rhythm ... pour batter into pan, and while that one is frying, do the fill-and-wrap of the other.
- Sweetened sour cream - add a tsp of sugar to 1 cup sour cream. Put a small dollop on top of each crepe
- Fruit jam or jelly
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on top
- Strawberries or other fresh fruit
- Syrup - I prefer fruit flavored syrups
UPDATE: Apologies!! I left out the flour in the ingredients list the first time around. Bad Christine.
UPDATE #2: The Carnival of the Recipes is up at Beth's. This is the first Carnival of the 2nd year, kind of a landmark. Happy birdies!