April 21, 2008

Time to make the Blintzes

We have a family restaurant in our area called McCarthy's (sorry people, no website for the place) where they offer an awesome Sunday Brunch. One of the items on their menu is cheese blintzes. I fell in love with these and decided I needed to learn how to make them. Little did I know just how simple they are to make!

Taste of Home has a recipe for Cherry Cheese Blintzes that I decided would be the one I tried. I was nervous about this mainly because I decided to make them for the CFY weekend and the people there were going to be my guinea pigs (GASP!). Well, I found out they weren't so hard after all and everyone seemed to love them, so mission accomplished!

I want to say a very special Thanks to Jeremy and Joya (I hope you DO read this!). They helped out with the weekend and Joya's creativeness at the table settings is unmatched! Jeremy happily (I hope!) tolerated my request that he take photos upon photos and thankfully didn't laugh at me when I asked him to take photos of my making the blintzes (at least outwardly he didn't laugh!). It is amazing to me how smoothly our weekend went with us being short staffed for help and that I even had time to think of having someone take photos of my blintz making!

Below is the recipe for the blintzes. For the filling I used Blueberries instead of cherries.

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

FILLING:

1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

CHERRY SAUCE:

1 pound fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

DIRECTIONS:
In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, milk, eggs and butter. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet(I used spray Pam once and didn't need anything afterward, nothing stuck!); pour 2 tablespoons batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to evenly coat bottom. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. Wrap in foil; refrigerate.

In a blender, process cottage cheese until smooth. Transfer to a small mixing bowl; add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla; mix well. Spread about 1 rounded tablespoonful onto each crepe. Fold opposite sides of crepe over filling, forming a little bundle.
wow, my hands really give away my age here in this photo!

Place seam side down in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10 minutes or until heated through.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring cherries, 2/3 cup water and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; stir into cherry mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over crepes. Yield: 9 servings.

14 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

You have a heart of gold HoneyB. I'm sure the ladies loved the blintzes:d

Carrie said...

Oh wow, that's so nice of you to make such a labor-intensive dish for those ladies!

I honestly have never had a blintz. I have a vegan recipe for them, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. The cherry sauce looks soooo good!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

First time I hear about blintz and it looks very delicious.

White On Rice Couple said...

Your friends are very lucky! These are like the ultimate baked crepes!

Kevin said...

Crepes wrapped around cottage cheese and cream cheese covered in cherry sauce sounds so good!

Antonio Tahhan said...

yum! although i think you should change the "yields" from nine to three since they look DELICIOUS!
especially the blueberry swap - great idea!

RecipeGirl said...

Now that's something I have never made. They sure look delicious!

Medena said...

I used to make something like this when I was just a little girl, but not with the sauce. My dad's and my favorite. I am certainly going to try like this!

Thank you so much for reminding me, brings back memories too...
Also, I just made my own cream cheese!!! I might just do this today; my hubby is home, and I never made it for him :)))

Medena said...

Made it today! No sauce, couldn't wait to go get the fruit, I have literally started making it as soon as I saw your post, so I just make it the way I used to, just stuffed, and baked. I am so happy, and full... :)))

HoneyB said...

Medena, I'm glad I was able to return the favor of a yummy dish :-) These were really easy and I won't ever hesitate to make them again myself!

SaraLynn said...

these look (and sound) fantastic!!
i wish I could run over for a bite :)

Lina said...

I've never had Blintzes before! But they look amazing!

Creating Myself said...

Wow, do those ever look good Shelby!

Stef said...

Blintz are one of my husband's favorite brunch item. Thanks for the recipe, I should definitly make it for him sometime.

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