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Blini recipe with 10 easy toppings

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A blini recipe for cocktail catering

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Add these easy blini sweet and savoury treats to your rocking New Year's Eve party!
A blini recipe for cocktail catering

Are you having guests over for a New Year's Eve cocktail party? Don't fret about catering when you can make this easy blini base with multiple options for toppings.

Blini (blin is the singular) are a common finger food served at cocktail parties, often layed out on big platters and easily picked up by hungry guests.

Some traditional blini recipes call for buckwheat, but for the sake of easy catering and being able to get your groceries done quickly this recipe just uses self-raising flour.

The best bit is that they don't have to be served hot, so you can make the bases and toppings in advance and just put them together when ready to serve.

Basic "blini" recipe

Makes approx 40–50


  • 200 millilitres of milk
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • A good pinch of salt*
  • Butter for cooking
  • Optional: a handul of finely chopped chives or finely grated cheese


  1. Whisk the egg and milk together in a jug.
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, and add the milk and egg (add a portion at a time until you get a smooth mixture, that isn't too thick or runny). Gently whisk until all combined, ensuring there are no lumps (fold in chives or cheese if using). Let the mixture rest for 10–20 minutes.
  3. Heat a frying pan and melt a small amount of butter. Dollop the mixture into the pan, using about 1 tablespoon for each blini. Avoid the temptation to cook too many at a time.
  4. Cook for up to a minute or until the surface is covered with bubbles. Flip and cook the other side for up to 30 seconds. Remove and sit on paper towels to absorb any excess butter.

*If you want to make sweet blini, omit the salt and add 1 tablespoon of sugar.

10 tasty blini toppings

  1. Mix some cream cheese with dill, smear on blini and add a layer of smoked salmon.
  2. Crush peas and mint together and top on blini with a cube of fetta cheese.
  3. Spread basil pesto on blini and top with half a fresh cherry tomato and a fresh basil leaf.
  4. Layer blini with tomato chutney and a thin slice of a hard cheese.
  5. Spread blini with horseradish cream and a layer of thinly sliced roast beef.
  6. Serve blini with a topping of cranberry relish and sliced turkey.
  7. Top blini with olive tapenade, semi dried tomato and prosciutto.
  8. Crush avocado, spread on blini and top with a dollop of salsa.
  9. Make a sweet topping with nutella and strawberry or banana.
  10. Give a classic sweet taste of strawberries and cream.

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