Joan Nathan's Chosen Cheese Blintzes

May  8, 2013

Whether or not you'll be celebrating the Jewish holiday of Shavuot next week, you should make these cheese blintzes from Joan Nathan.


For those not familiar, cheese blintzes consist of light, eggy crepes, wrapped around a sweet, soft cheesy filling, and then pan-fried in butter until crisp and golden. They are traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, along with other dairy foods like cheesecake and ravioli. As always, we've turned to Joan Nathan for an easy-to-follow and authentic recipe, instructed with the care of a mother and the authority of a well-seasoned cook. 

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In her latest video for Tablet Magazine, Joan shows us how easy it is to make enough blintzes to serve a crowd, either on this holiday or for any occasion where you'll be feeding a large group of people who enjoy cheese and good company. Topped with a dollop of sour cream and a bit of fruit, they make for a sweet, luscious breakfast -- but really, we'd be happy to eat them anytime.

Joan Nathan's Chosen Cheese Blintzes

Makes 30 blintzes

For the filling

1 pound farmer cheese (2 cups)
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
Dash salt

For the batter 

1 cup milk 
1 1/2 cup water
5 large eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons salted butter (for frying)
Dash salt
Sour cream (for garnish)
Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries (for garnish)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom. Video by Tablet Magazine.

More cheesy recipes to make for Shavuot:
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake
Creamy Homemade Ricotta
Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries

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MelissaH May 8, 2013
Got suggestions for those of us who live in parts of the country where farmer cheese is not easily available?
Marian B. May 8, 2013
You could use ricotta!
creamtea May 8, 2013
Yum. You can freeze the crepes in advance to break up the process.