Not for the inexperienced cook, but a fun brunch item to watch and learn how.
Make and share this Cheese Blintzes With Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote recipe from Food.com.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange flavored liquor)
- cooking spray
- 6 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
- 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or orange liquor)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups strawberries, cut in half lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup light sour cream, for garnish
- BLINTZES: Using a blender, mix the eggs, milk and flour at low speed. Add the Grand Marnier. Once the batter is well mixed and coats the spoon with a thin film, refrigerate, covered for 1 hour in a pitcher or bowl.
- Stir the batter thoroughly and before making the crepes, test the liquid by dunking a spoon in the mixture; again, it should coat the spoon with a thin film. Adjust by adding milk if necessary.
- Using a 8-10" nonstick pan, spray with oil, and heat the pan over medium-high heat. Pour about one cup of batter to coat one pan. Once covered, pour a thin layer of batter into the heated pan, swirling to coat if necessary.
- When the crepes pull away from the edge of the pan in about 20 seconds, remove from the heat, tap them lightly or run a knife across the edge of the pan to release, and invert the crepes on a dry towel to cool. Stir the batter at brief intervals to re-suspend the ingredients.
- FILLING: Mix together the ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest and a small pinch of salt.
- ASSEMBLY: With the cooked side up, spoon about 1/4 cup filling inside the center of the wrapper.
- Fold and hold the two opposite sides of the crepe over the filling until they almost meet and then fold over the ingredients pulling the stuffing toward you.
- Fold the crepe over until you form a seam on the blintz. Set finished 2-inch by 1 1/2-inch flat "eggroll" shaped blintz on a dry towel with the seam side down.
- COOK: Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium high heat, beginning with the seam side down. Saute each blintz until golden brown, carefully so the cheese does not escape.
- Flip the blintz onto the other side. Lower the flame and cook slowly, about 2 to 5 minutes to avoid burning the crepe.
- TOPPING: Gently toss the rhubarb, strawberries, flour, sugar and lemon and let stand until moist, 5 to 10 minutes.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the fruit mixture. Cook the fruit for approximately 35 minutes, stirring to make sure the fruit does not brown. Cover 5 minutes or until rhubarb is soft.
- TO SERVE: Ladle the warm fruit over the blintz and top with a dollop of sour cream. Garnish with a fresh strawberry half.
Well, unlike Marra, I made these full-fat and sugar, despite throwing my "Summer's coming" diet out the window in doing so. These are to die for! Yes, the blintzes take some practice if you haven't done it before, but fun to do - be VERY careful about the cheese leaking out, though. I had one that just barely seeped, and the cheese popped everywhere. And, it's HOT! Kind of like bacon-grease splattering, have a lid handy just in case. That said, these are absolutely divine, the filling is mild and smooth, and I did use the Grand Marnier in the blintzes. It added a very subtle flavor, but I could tell it was there. Rather than make the compote, I popped open a jar of Rhubarb, Strawberry, Raspberry Jam and warmed it up, it was the perfect complement to a tasty brunch. Thanks, Bird and Buddha!
Made for "Make it Healthier" cooking game, i chose to make it all low fat ingredients as well as substitute splenda for the sugar. In the blintze's themselves, i subbed 1/2 cup egg substitute for the eggs and skim milk for the milk. For the filling, i used low fat ricotta cheese, and you can reduce the fat further by using all low fat ricotta For the compote i subbed splenda for the sugar, and used low rat sour cream. This reduced the sugar from a whopping 72 grams to 8 and the fat to 9% instead of 24% of the serving. It also tasted delicious even though i need to practice my blintz making skills in the frying pan :)