These are not the canape-sized blini, but larger pancakes that are filled with a simple but hearty beef and onion mixture. The flavor comes from the generous amount of onion and frying the mix well, at least 10 minutes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
57 mins
8 blinis



  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup melted butter


  • ¾ pound beef stew meat

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 onions, diced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Whisk milk, 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour, eggs, and sugar together in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup melted butter; whisk well. Let batter sit, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add beef; cook until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain. Chop the boiled beef finely until even in texture.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, while stirring, until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and add the chopped beef, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir filling until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter into the skillet and quickly rotate the skillet to spread batter out in a thin layer. Cook until edges are brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Run a spatula around the edge of the skillet to loosen blini; flip and cook until the other side has turned light brown, about 1 minute more. Repeat with remaining batter.

  5. Spread 2 tablespoons beef filling on 1 side of each blini. Fold edges over filling and roll blini up. Repeat with remaining filling and blini.

Cook's Notes:

Use any beef you prefer, including pre-boiled beef from the store.

Instead of chopping the beef you can run it through a meat grinder.

You can also pan fry the rolled blini at the end in a bit of oil for even more flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
14g Fat
21g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 264mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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