Giant smoked salmon & beetroot blini

These super-sized buckwheat pancakes make a great dinner party or festive starter for sharing

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:10 mins
    plus cooling
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 300
  • fat 18g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 21g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 13g
  • salt 2.2g


  • 200g tub crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • zest 1 lemon, juice of ½, plus wedges to serve
  • 140g cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), drained and finely diced
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil, plus a drizzle
  • 200g pack smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp small capers, drained and rinsed
  • handful rocket leaves
  • 100g buckwheat flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225ml milk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 25g butter, melted, plus extra for cooking
  • drizzle of oil, for cooking


  1. First, make up the blini batter. Put the flours, baking powder, ½ tsp salt, the milk, egg yolks and melted butter in a bowl and whisk until smooth. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Stir a good spoonful of the whisked whites into the batter to loosen the mixture, then add the remaining egg whites and carefully fold everything together with a big metal spoon.

  2. Heat a small knob of butter and a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan, roughly 23cm wide across the base. Pour a third of the blini mixture in the pan, using your spoon to encourage the batter towards the edge of the pan. Leave to cook for a few mins, until the blini starts to set around the edges and the underside is golden brown. Slide onto a plate, then carefully flip back into the pan and cook for a further 1-2 mins until golden. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Leave the blinis to cool on a wire rack, then place on a plate, separated by a layer of baking parchment and covered with cling film. The blinis will keep like this for 24 hrs.

  3. Mix the crème fraîche, horseradish, most of the lemon zest, a good squeeze of lemon juice and some seasoning in a bowl. In a second bowl, toss the beetroot, oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Set aside until ready to serve.

  4. Place each blini on a board or large plate. Spoon on dollops of crème fraîche, arrange slices of salmon over and scatter beetroot, capers and the remaining lemon zest on top. Finish with a few rocket leaves and a drizzle of oil. Cut and serve with lemon wedges.

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