Wolfgang Puck Demonstrates How to Make Appetizers

Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream

1. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Reserve.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Reserve.

3. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Over medium-high heat, sauté the onions until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, cool slightly, and stir in the dill. Stir in the flour mixture, salt, and then the egg yolk mixture.

4. Using a wire whisk or an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until shiny and firm but not dry. Stir a little into the batter, and then fold in the remaining whites.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until needed. *

6. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet or griddle and brush with some of the butter mixture. For each pancake, pour ½ cup of batter onto the griddle and, over a medium flame, cook until brown on one side. Turn and brown the other side, brushing the skillet or griddle with the butter mixture as necessary. (This makes a pancake approximately 6 inches in diameter). As the pancakes are cooked, transfer to a tray lined with a clean towel and keep warm in a low oven while preparing the remaining pancakes.

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