Blini with Lemon Thyme Mushrooms and Goat’s Cheese

bliniThe weather is warming up, spring is in the air, and as such I think it’s time to start partaking in a cheeky arvo cocktail or two. What better way to spend the afternoon than sipping salubrious drinks while nibbling on fancy treats.

These blini are not traditional in recipe. They’re the quick and easy version. Traditional blini have more ingredients such as yeast and buckwheat…while they may have a more complex flavour, they’ll take you longer to make…which means less time for cocktail sipping! Your choice. But it’s likely I’ll choose the quick version every time.

Ingredients

Blini

  • 1 cup (220g) self raising flour
  • 1 cup (250mL) milk
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • chopped chives

Topping

  • mushrooms
  • fresh thyme – leaves removed
  • fresh lemon juice
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • goat’s cheese

 Equipment

  • Measuring cups
  • Beaters
  • 2 x frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula

Method

  1. Mix all blini ingredients to make a smooth batter.
  2. Heat butter in pan and add dessert spoons of batter. Ensure you don’t overfill the pan or you won’t have enough room to flip the blini when you need to turn them.
  3. Once top of blini have bubbles showing, it is time to turn them. Cook until light, golden brown on both sides.
  4. Remove from heat and put aside.
  5. Repeat until all batter used. Blini can be made ahead of time if required.
  6. Chop mushrooms into cubes. Don’t chop too finely or the dish will lose texture.
  7. Heat large knob of butter in pan, add mushrooms and sauté.
  8. Add thyme leaves and lemon juice.
  9. Cook mushrooms until soft, but still hold shape.
  10. Season with salt, pepper, extra thyme and lemon juice to taste.
  11. Place mushroom mix on top of blini and garnish with goat’s cheese.
  12. Serve immediately.
  13. Scoff and quaff while enjoying the spring weather!