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Sharon's Cheese Blintzes

Cheese blintzes are an old-world comfort food! Originally from an old Bon Appetit cookbook, this Russian Grandma's Cheese Blintz recipe is easy to prep ahead and cooks up in a flash on the stovetop. Perfected and made her own by a dear family friend - Sharon - these blintzes are legendary in their own time.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Jewish Holiday Cooking
Keyword blintz, cheese blintz, Yom kippur
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 396 kcal

Ingredients

Crepes

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

Filling

  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces farmer cheese
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoons vanilla

For Pan Frying

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Crepe Batter

  1. Place eggs, water and milk in blender and mix until combined.

  2. Then add slightly cooled melted butter and flour and blend until smooth.

  3. Refrigerate the crepe mixture for 1 -2 hours or even overnight.

Blintz Filling

  1. Add the cheeses, sugar, egg and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor and blend well. (You can also do this by hand - Aunt Sharon always does, Gregory used the processor.)

  2. This can also be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for a few hours or overnight.

Make Crepes

  1. Use an 8-inch non-stick frying pan (or crepe pan if you have one). Heat skillet over medium heat until a drop of water bounces off the surface. (For extra insurance, you can also brush with a bit of melted butter.)

  2. Add a scant 1/4 cup of batter to pan when it is ready. Quickly swirl it around to cover the bottom of the pan and let it cook until the edges begin to curl and brown. Do not flip the crepe.

  3. If you are new to blintz-making, place crepes browned side up on a towel (place a piece of wax paper or parchment in between each just to be 100% sure they don't stick together) and cover lightly. Repeat with remaining batter - be sure to keep cooked ones covered as you make the balance of the crepes.

  4. When you are confident in your crepe-making, see notes below for Aunt Sharon's tips on speeding up the process.

Fill and Fold Blintzes

  1. To fill and fold each blintz, place 1 heaping tablespoon of filling down the center of the crepe. Tuck two sides toward the center. Then fold the two remaining sides like an envelope. Place seam side down on a parchment-lined tray or platter. Repeat with remaining crepes and filling.

  2. Now you can either cook them, refrigerate them covered, or freeze them for later use.

Cook Blintzes

  1. Heat two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat or until butter is bubbly. Place blintzes seam side down in pan - do not crowd. Heat until browned on both sides. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Sharon fills and folds the blintzes as she make the crepes. This makes life easier, as you don’t have to layer the crepes with the wax paper. Here is how she does it. Make crepe. Turn cooked crepe onto clean dish cloth, cooked side up. Pour batter into pan and cook next crepe. While it cooks, fill and fold blintz. Put blintz on cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment. Freeze one sheet at a time, and then you can layer frozen blintzes in freezer container. Generally, she does this by herself, but a helping hand is always nice.