Chef John's Cheese Blintzes
Chef John's cheese blintzes, filled with a lemon ricotta-cream cheese mixture, are perfect for a special brunch. Try them with a fresh berry sauce.
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It was fairly easy to make and was a hit for Easter. I did make them ahead of time, pan fried and baked the morning of.
This recipe (and video) is the reason I have overcome my lifelong fear of making crepes! It was for good reason. Despite being a decent home cook, I could never get the things to come out right (or off the pan at all). I gave up years ago. I finally made these for Easter and they were a huge hit with my family. For Mother's Day, I received a beautiful crepe pan that I am pretty sure was a hint that everybody wanted more. In fact, I now make all kinds of crepes and blintzes and am no longer afraid! Thanks Chef John!
Made this for Father's Day and it was a hit! The only tricky part is rolling them so they look pretty ... I'm no expert. But they came out great! Made the raspberry sauce to go with them. I doubled the recipe and ended up with left over batter so the next day I made savory crepes stuffed with spinach, cheese and bacon and they were delicious! Great recipe!
Made these with some substitution due to not having all the ingredients in the house. They came out great, and I expect that they will be even better when I make them with all the correct ingredients. My husband topped them with peaches and I used chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Being new to crepes, I had a bit of a learning curve, but by the time I got to the last one, they were coming out very nicely. I have saved this to my recipe box and will definitely make it again.
**UPDATE: Makes A LOT of filling. I now double the batter and am able to fill all. I use apx 1 small ice cream scoop each and fold like a lumpia (or burrito ) These are absolutely FANTASTIC! My family is brutally honest when it comes to new recipes. Have made this 4 times in last 2 weeks. Each time Friends and Family fight over who gets the last one. I always try a recipe exactly as written the first time, this gives me a good idea of what I need to change to suit our families tastes. This recipe has yet to have any alterations. It is perfect as written and SO easy! I use my food processor for the batter and hand mix the filling (softened cream cheese makes for easy blending). You can make all components the night before for easy assembly in the AM.. I use Chef Johns Strawberry sauce recipe and top with fresh blackberries and rasberries. This will be made on a regular basis. I highly recommend trying it, you will be thrilled you did. Tips: use just under a quarter cup of batter. Spray pan with pam eve