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Smoked Whitefish Blinis

I hope everyone (that celebrates it!) had a wonderful Christmas, yesterday! I’m so grateful that I was able to spend mine with my family, and that everyone was healthy this year! Christmas at home far outweighs Christmas in the ICU 😉 (For those of you that are unaware, my littlest sister, Rebecca, was hit by a car last year around Christmas, and was in a coma for about 2 weeks during the holidays. I’m not going to turn this into a post about that, but if you want to know more details, you can see this post.)

Let’s talk about apps. New Year’s hasn’t happened yet, so it’s still cocktail party season!

Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipeI’m all about easy apps that you can make for a crowd, and these Smoked Whitefish Blinis fit the bill! The most “difficult” part is cooking up the little pancakes for the blinis, and it took me all of 10 minutes to make 2 dozen.

Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipe Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipe Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipeThese one-bite appetizers are a tasty, salty treat, that are perfect for serving with alcoholic beverages. You don’t necessarily have to use whitefish in these, either. Feel free to substitute with any other type of smoked fish! Also, the capers are totally optional but my family and I preferred them with the capers. As you can see from the photos (sans the iPhone photo below) they originally didn’t have any, but the addition of acidity was very tasty. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice would also work!

Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipe

Smoked Whitefish Blinis

Yield: about 2 dozen blinis

Smoked Whitefish Blinis


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 lb smoked whitefish
  • Crème fraîche
  • Fresh dill
  • Capers (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper


  1. Flake the whitefish off the bones, and peel away any skin; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the sour cream, and then the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Spray the pan with nonstick spray, or wipe a paper towel coated in oil over its surface. Drop tablespoons of batter into the pan, leaving enough room to flip each. Cook for a few minutes, flipping once, until golden brown. Repeat until all better is used.
  4. Spoon a dollop of crème fraîche on each blini, and top with some smoked whitefish. Add a caper, a bit of fresh dill, and a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper.


recipe adapted from here

Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipe Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipe Smoked Whitefish Blinis | #recipeDo you host a party for New Year’s? Do you usually attend one?


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