Lemony Elderflower Salmon Oatinis with Kelp Caviar

September 3, 2014

Author Notes:

These perfectly bite-sized, open-faced (or not) canapés are a posh cross between oatcakes and blinis and are certain to cultivate civilized discussion about Downton Abbey, Poldark, Outlander and the like.

As they say, 2016 is the year where seaweed reigns supreme.

Jessica Volz

Makes: about 50 50-pence sized 'oatinis'


For the 'oatinis'

  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 tablespoon St. Germain (or Elderflower Vodka)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Kelp caviar for generous dotting

Posh Garnishes

  • 1 1/2 cups soft goat cheese
  • Scottish salmon lox drizzled with St. Germain (or Elderflower Vodka)
  • Kelp caviar and organic elderflowers or a sprig of cress (optional)
In This Recipe


For the 'oatinis'

  1. For the oatinis, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, milk, yogurt, lemon juice, egg, melted butter and St. Germain.
  3. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. Allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat ½ tablespoon melted butter in a sauté pan and spoon the batter in teaspoon portions. Cook 2 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional minute (or until browned).
  5. Remove from pan and set on a serving plate. Repeat until all the batter is used.

Posh Garnishes

  1. Serve Lemony Elderflower Salmon Oatinis with a dollop of goat cheese, a small square of smoked salmon (preferably Scottish) and a sprinkling of Kelp caviar and, should you choose, a sprig of elderflowers or cress.

More Great Recipes:
Sandwich|Caviar|Goat Cheese|Lemon Juice|Milk/Cream|Oat|Salmon|Seafood|Serves a Crowd|Appetizer|Breakfast|Hors D'Oeuvre

Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Karen January 2, 2017
These are absolutely delicious and super easy to make. I was a little hesitant because the ingredient list looked long, but once I realized it was all simple things I plowed ahead. So happy I did! I had a huge lemon so used half and that was just the right amount of tartness. Thank you so sharing such a lovely recipe!
Author Comment
Jessica V. January 3, 2017
I am so pleased that you enjoyed these, Karen! They are indeed showstoppers! Happy New Year!