The inspiration for this recipe hails from the classic Russian blinis, which are traditionally made with wheat flour and served with caviar and sour cream. By substituting wheat flour with almond flour, we maintain the heartiness of the original dish while making it keto-friendly. The blinis are a perfect canvas for the rich flavors of smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the addition of fresh dill and lemon zest bring a bright, zesty note to the dish. This recipe is not only rooted in tradition but also embraces the modern need for healthier, low-carb options.
The combination of high-quality protein from the smoked salmon and healthy fats from the almond flour and cream cheese aligns perfectly with the keto diet. These blinis are designed to keep you satiated and energized, making them an excellent choice for starting the day or as a midday snack to curb those hunger pangs. The simplicity of the ingredients also ensures that you’re not consuming hidden carbs or sugars, which can often be found in pre-packaged foods. By choosing this homemade keto alternative, you’re taking control of your nutrition without sacrificing flavor or elegance.
Creating the perfect Keto Smoked Salmon Blinis is all about technique and timing. When whisking together the almond flour, baking powder, and sea salt, ensure there are no lumps for a smooth batter. The resting period is crucial as it allows the batter to thicken, which is essential for creating blinis that hold their shape when cooked.
When heating your non-stick skillet, aim for a medium heat. If the skillet is too hot, the blinis will burn on the outside before cooking through. Brushing the skillet with avocado oil is a healthier, high-smoke-point alternative to traditional oils, ensuring your blinis don’t stick without adding any unwanted flavors.
Spoon the batter carefully to keep the blinis uniform in size. This not only ensures even cooking but also presents a more aesthetically pleasing final dish. When flipping the blinis, be gentle to maintain their shape. Once cooked, set them aside on a wire rack to prevent sogginess from trapped steam.
The cream cheese mixture should be smooth and spreadable. If your cream cheese is too firm, let it soften at room temperature or give it a quick zap in the microwave. The fresh dill and lemon zest should be finely chopped to distribute the flavors evenly throughout the cream cheese. As you assemble, be generous with the cream cheese and smoked salmon for a truly indulgent experience.
Remember, the garnish is not just for looks. Capers add a burst of tangy flavor that complements the salmon beautifully. If you’re not a fan of capers, a sprinkle of fresh herbs or a few drops of lemon juice can also enhance the dish.
Herbed Cream Cheese Variations
While dill is a classic herb used in conjunction with salmon, don’t be afraid to experiment with other herbs. Try blending the cream cheese with finely chopped chives or tarragon for a different flavor profile. Each herb will bring its unique character to the blinis, allowing you to tailor the dish to your personal taste preferences.
Smoked salmon is a classic choice, but other types of fish can also be used. Consider topping your blinis with thinly sliced smoked trout or mackerel for a twist on the traditional recipe. These fish alternatives offer similar nutritional benefits and align with the keto diet’s focus on high-quality fats and proteins.
If you’re catering to a vegetarian diet or simply looking for a variation, replace the smoked salmon with avocado slices. The creamy texture of avocado pairs beautifully with the herbed cream cheese, and it’s a fantastic way to incorporate plant-based fats into your meal.
For those with nut allergies or preferences, coconut flour can be a suitable substitute for almond flour. Keep in mind that coconut flour is more absorbent, so you’ll need to adjust the quantity—use about one-third of the amount of almond flour called for in the recipe.
If dairy is a concern, there are numerous non-dairy cream cheese alternatives available that are made from ingredients like cashews or tofu. These can seamlessly replace traditional cream cheese and often come in a variety of flavors.
For the eggs, if you’re vegan or allergic, consider using a flaxseed meal or chia seed mixture as a binding agent. Mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with three tablespoons of water to replace each egg, and let it sit until it becomes gelatinous.
Can I make these blinis ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the blinis in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Reheat them in a skillet or oven before serving to maintain their texture.
How do I store leftover blinis?
Leftover blinis can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently to preserve their texture.
Can I freeze the blinis?
These blinis freeze well. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag. Reheat from frozen in a skillet or oven.
Are these blinis diabetic-friendly?
With only 3g net carbs per serving, these blinis are suitable for a diabetic diet. As always, monitor your blood sugar levels to ensure they fit into your specific dietary plan.
Can I use regular milk instead of almond milk?
Yes, but keep in mind that regular milk has a higher carb content, which may affect your keto macros. Unsweetened almond milk is preferred for maintaining low net carbs.
Keto Smoked Salmon Blinis
Indulge in the luxurious taste of our Keto Smoked Salmon Blinis, where traditional flavors meet low-carb delight. Perfect for a sophisticated breakfast, brunch, or appetizer, these blinis are topped with velvety cream cheese and rich smoked salmon, offering a gourmet experience without compromising your keto goals.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup almond flour (112g / 4 oz)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (60ml / 2 oz)
- 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder (5g / 0.17 oz)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (2g / 0.07 oz)
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened (113g)
- 4 oz smoked salmon (113g)
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill (3g / 0.1 oz)
- 1 tsp lemon zest (2g / 0.07 oz)
- 1 tbsp capers (optional for garnish) (8g / 0.28 oz)
- 1 tbsp avocado oil for frying (15ml / 0.5 oz)
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
- In another bowl, beat the eggs and then mix in the unsweetened almond milk.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Let it rest for 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and brush with avocado oil.
- Spoon the batter into the skillet to form small blinis, about 2 inches in diameter. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and set aside.
- Mix the softened cream cheese with chopped dill and lemon zest until well combined.
- Assemble the blinis by spreading a layer of the herbed cream cheese on each one, followed by a piece of smoked salmon.
- Garnish with capers if desired and serve immediately.
Net Carbs: 3g
- Non-stick skillet
- Mixing bowls
For an even lighter option, you can substitute the cream cheese with a dairy-free alternative. Ensure your smoked salmon is keto-friendly with no added sugars. These blinis can be made in advance and refrigerated; just reheat in a skillet or oven before serving.