Citrus Vanilla Blintzes – Celebrate Hanukkah with Blintzes Made With Clover Organic Dairy Products #clovercooks
Sponsored By Clover Organic Farms
Previously I’ve spoken about switching over to organic dairy products, particularly milk, and why it’s important to me. When Clover reached out and asked me to partner with them on developing a Hanukkah recipe using their organic dairy line, I knew it was the perfect fit. I love Clover and had already been using their organic dairy products at home, so creating a yummy recipe to share with all of you seemed only natural.
The Petaluma Cooperative Creamery began distributing Clover Brand products throughout Petaluma, CA during the early 1900s. In 1975, a disastrous fire broke out in Petaluma, destroying the Co-op’s operating and bottling operations. Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc purchased the wholesale distribution business from the Co-op and started anew in 1977. In the years since, Clover has made more renovations to not only improve the quality of the processing facility, but to also make advancements toward doing things “greener.” During the 1990s, Clover furthered this endeavor by adding organic products to their impressive dairy line. Clover believes that being a sustainable business is the only way to do business, and I couldn’t agree more.
Hanukkah is right around the corner, and you know what that means—tasty fried things! With a fridge full of Clover products, my mind naturally wandered to dairy blintzes. Blintzes are fried, which makes them a great choice for a Hanukkah breakfast treat. I gave them a wintery touch by adding fresh orange juice and zest. It’s easy to find a variety of big, beautiful citrus at the market this time of year. Feel free change it up with tangerines or cara cara oranges. The touch of citrus adds something really special to the blintzes and fills the kitchen with a warm, sweet scent that reminds me of the winter holiday season. Adding a dollop of Clover Cream on Top Vanilla Yogurt adds a touch of aromatic tang, making them extra indulgent. Enjoy!
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Citrus Vanilla Blintzes
DescriptionCelebrate Hanukkah with blintzes made with clover organic dairy products. #clovercooks
Blintz Batter Ingredients
- 4 Clover Large Brown Eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup Clover 2% Reduced Fat Milk
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- Pinch of salt
- Nonstick oil cooking spray
- Cooking oil with a high smoke point for frying (grapeseed or peanut oil works best)
- Clover Cream on Top Vanilla Yogurt (optional topping)
- 1 cup Clover Low Fat Cottage Cheese
- 8 oz Clover Cream Cheese (1 package)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- Pinch of salt
You will also need: cheese cloth, strainer, mixing bowls, food processor, nonstick skillet, parchment
- If starting the night before… place the Clover Low Fat Cottage Cheese from the filling ingredients into a strainer lined with cheesecloth placed on top of a bowl. Let the cottage cheese drain in the refrigerator overnight to remove excess liquid.
- If starting the same day… place the Clover Low Fat Cottage Cheese from the filling ingredients into a double-layer piece of cheesecloth. Gather the cheesecloth into a bundle around the cottage cheese and squeeze gently and repeatedly to remove as much liquid as possible.
- Blend all of the blintz batter ingredients together using a food processor, blender, immersion blender or electric hand mixer. Consistency of the batter should be smooth (no lumps).
- Warm up a nonstick skillet on medium heat until hot. The skillet is ready when a drop of water sizzles on the surface of the pan. If the water pops or jumps out of the pan, the skillet is too hot—let it cool slightly before starting. If the water sizzles, it’s at the perfect temperature. Grease the entire surface of the hot pan generously with nonstick cooking oil spray (keep the oil spray away from gas stovetop flame).
- Pour the blintz batter by 1/3 cupfuls into the pan, then tilt the pan in a circular motion till the batter coats the entire bottom of the pan in a large, thin circular shape.
- Let each blintz cook for 60-75 seconds until the edges of the blintz brown and the bottom of the blintz is lightly golden. You can tell it's ready by touching the center of the pancake's surface-- it should be dry and slightly tacky to the touch. Do not flip the blintz to cook the other side. Use a spatula to take the blintz out of the pan and place it on a plate.
- Keep the blintzes separated by pieces of parchment paper, wax paper, or paper towels. This will help keep them from sticking together.
- When all of the blintzes are cooked, create your filling. Put all of the filling ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a fork to mix all ingredients together.
- Now you’re going to stuff and wrap up your blintzes! Place a blintz browned-side facing upward. Put 3 tbsp of filling on the lower part of the browned blintz, about an inch from the edge.
- Fold the lower edge of the blintz up over the filling.
- Fold the sides of the blintz inward, as though you’re folding an envelope.
- Roll the blintz up and over the filling like a burrito, tucking the edges in as you roll.
- When the blintzes are stuffed and rolled, the less cooked side will be showing outside. Now you are ready to fry them. Pour 1/2 cup of frying oil into the skillet and heat over medium until hot. Do not let the oil turn brown or start smoking—if this happens, discard the oil and try again. Cook the blintzes in batches of 3--this will give you space to turn them easily in the pan. Carefully place the stuffed blintzes flap-side down into the hot oil. The blintzes should fry for 1 to 2 minutes until they’re brown and crispy.
- Turn the blintzes carefully using a spatula and/or tongs, then fry for an additional 1 - 2 minutes. Blintzes should be evenly browned on both sides.
- Serve blintzes warm. They can be served as-is or made extra special by topping with a dollop of Clover Cream on Top Vanilla Yogurt.