3. Fresh Corn Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Chive Cream

Fresh Corn Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Chive Cream

Blinis are totally trendy right now, but here's a really delicious alternative, particularly ideal for those of us who haven't yet gotten a taste for caviar.

It includes not sour cream but chive cream you make yourself, topping slivers of chilled smoked salmon.

It's just to die!

Directions:

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream $

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1 ear shucked corn $

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)

2 tablespoons fine-ground yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk $

1 large egg yolk $

1/4 teaspoon salt $

1/4 teaspoon black pepper $

1 large egg white $

Cooking spray

4 ounces cold-smoked salmon, cut into 24 (2-inch) strips

Chopped fresh chives (optional)

Preparation

Combine sour cream and chives in a small bowl.

Cover and refrigerate.

Cut kernels from ear of corn.

Scrape remaining pulp from cob using the dull side of a knife blade.

Discard cob.

Set corn aside.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup;

level with a knife.

Combine flour and cornmeal in a medium bowl;

make a well in center of mixture.

Combine milk and egg yolk in a small bowl;

stir well with a whisk.

Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir with a whisk just until moist.

Stir in corn, salt, and pepper.

Place egg white in a bowl;

beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy.

Gently fold egg white mixture into corn mixture.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Coat pan with cooking spray.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter per blini onto pan, spreading to about 2-inch diameter.

Cook 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges begin to set.

Carefully turn blinis over;

cook for 1 minute longer.

Transfer blinis to a serving platter, and arrange in a single layer;

keep warm.

Repeat process with the remaining batter.

Top each blini with 1 piece salmon and 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture.

Garnish with chopped chives, if desired.

Note: To prevent the blinis from becoming soggy, arrange in a single layer on a platter.

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