NYE Recipe: Blinis and Caviar

This New Year’s Eve celebrate with Blinis and Caviar. Photo: Mary P. Moran

Los Angeles, California, December 31, 2011-This New Year’s Eve celebrate with blinis and caviar. It’s a traditional holiday favorite. There’s nothing like the unique and salty taste of fresh caviar paired with rich crème fraiche and delicate blinis (AKA a type of mini pancake). 

Recently I put my skills to work creating a new recipe for a client who wanted to offer his friends a special evening of good food and fine dining. After a brief discussion we settled on a first course of blinis and caviar.

Blinis and caviar from Chef Mary’s kitchen. Dec. 31, 2011

After trial and error, mixing and blending I created a great blini recipe for him and his guests.  The trick to making perfect blinis is to cook them well with lots of butter. Otherwise they taste underdone and too much like flour.

At the party I reheated the blinis and prepared them with caviar, crème fraiche and dill. They were perfect, I sent my server out to share the appetizer with the guests. Most were excited but like any party or event there were some who were hesitant at first, but pleasantly surprised after the first bite. Over all, from start to finish it was an incredible success. Try adding blinis and caviar to your event to add a touch of elegance to your party this New Year’s Eve!

Blinis and Caviar


  • ¾ cup AP Flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 stick of butter clarified to cook the pancakes with
  • Black American Caviar (black caviar that runs from $20-30)
  • Crème Fraiche
  • Dill


In a small sauce pot or the microwave melt the butter. When the butter is melted then remove the white froth at the top also known as the milk solids with a spoon. Removing the milk solids will clarify your butter. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients together add then add the wet ingredients (buttermilk, milk, egg and butter) to the dry mixture. Mix it thoroughly.

Heat a non stick skillet to medium high and use a spoon to drop the clarified butter onto the pan and then gently spread it around with a paper towel so that the entire thing is well coated (or the part where you will cook the bllnis). Next use a regular metal dinner spoon to scoop a tablespoon of blini batter, drop it into the clarified butter, use your spoon to spread out the batter slightly (the trick to blinis is to cook them well until they are slightly golden brown and then flip) and then flip them once there are bubbles coming through. Remove them from the pan and set them on paper towels until you are ready to serve them.

Reheat Directions:

Blinis can and should be made ahead of time. To reheat them put them on a cookie sheet and reheat at 300 degrees for 4-5 minutes.


Serve the blinis with caviar with a dollop of crème fraiche (I put the crème fraiche into a plastic Ziploc bag, cut the tip off, and pipe a small amount on the blini). Then add a small spoon full of caviar next to the crème fraiche with a tiny garnish of dill.

Happy New Year!

Chef Mary

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Mary Moran

Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica.  Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events.

In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others.    Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly.

Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients.  She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating.  Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger.

Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.

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