Potato Blini Recipes

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Impressive Quinoa Appetizer Recipe Recipe
Today, my "Potato Blini with Quinoa and Smoked Salmon" recipe is featured on Wall Street CS. I'm not sure how my recipe ended up in a financial news site article but it's something I can be thankful for Thanksgiving! The post is about quinoa and 7 other appetizers, using the gluten-free ingredient, featured as well. You can find the recipe directly on my website, so you can impress guests with these potato pillow-y pancakes, each topped off with a bit of quinoa and smoked salmon. I bet today will be somehow linked to a lot of food (either cooking in the kitchen, sipping and snacking watching the game or enjoying a banquet of rich food. Let's start the end-of-the-year celebrations with a bang and delicious food! Our family wishes you a wonderful gathering tonight, scrumptious food and safe travels. Let's count our amazing blessings and appreciate the little things in life. I'm so grateful for the wonderful people I met in my life's journey (you know who you are ). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Red Bell Pepper Potato Pancake Recipe Recipe

Potato pancakes are delicious and easy to make. The batter consists of potatoes of course, flour, eggs and milk. I often flavor them with a wide variety of vegetables. This is a great way to conceal a nice portion of vegetables, especially if you're trying to feed children who don't like to eat their veggies. 

During our stay in Paris, I made these for my parents and my daughter. While Aria loved the potato pancakes, my parents asked “where’s the meat?” What can I say, she loves vegetarian food, just like her dad. 


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Potato Cutlet Recipe (Indian Snack) Recipe

Aloo cutlets are pancake-shaped snacks made of potato (aloo means "potato" in Urdu). Indian cooking rarely uses eggs as a binder so to make sure the patties don't break, soaked bread is added to the potato mixture. It's an easy vegetarian snack that satisfies my family's cravings. To make the cutlets a more complete meal, I added protein-packed chana dal (garbanzo lentils). I flavored these appetizers with a little ginger, turmeric and amchur (mango powder) to balance the flavor of the cutlets.

We often make a huge batch of cutlets on Saturday mornings with the girls. They’ve gotten so good that they pretty much do it on their own. Once they’re done cooking, we usually just serve them with a bowl of sour cream. Yum!


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Potato Blini with Quinoa and Smoked Salmon Recipe

Potato blini appetizers would make an attractive addition on any Thanksgiving table. The true beauty of this dish, though, is its flavor. Atop each potato blin I placed a generous portion of quinoa, a caviar look-alike, which I mixed with homemade tapenade for added flavor. I topped the mixture with a dollop of crème fraîche, a piece of smoked salmon (optional) and garnished the little bites with dill.

Unlike cutlets (Indian version of the potato bite), potato blini contain eggs and flour (no bread), so the appetizers don't fall apart when your guests pick them up. The result is an edible piece of art that is almost too pretty for your guests to eat. 


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