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‘Tis the Season for…Blini With Caviar

The holidays present a number of opportunities to impress your guests. This classic combination of blini and caviar is the perfect example — indulgent, elegant, and delectable to the extreme. If you are hosting a small crowd for drinks, it’s all you need to serve.

PAIRING: Avissi Prosecco Sparkling



2 large egg

1 cup milk, at room temperature

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


1 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp. fresh dill

4 to 6 oz. caviar

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together in a large bowl egg, milk, and salt. Sift together flour and baking powder and fold into egg mixture. Whisk until smooth and free of clumps. Preheat a griddle or large frying pan and add a little bit of oil. Use 1 tablespoon batter for blini and fry them over medium heat until golden brown, turning once.

Step 2

Combine sour cream and dill, spread on blini and top with caviar.

Suggested Pairing: Avissi Prosecco Sparkling ( SHOP)

Avissi is a delectably fresh sparkling wine made from 100% Prosecco grown in Italy’s legendary Veneto region. In every glass, Avissi captures the very best of Italian style—it’s elegant, delicious and delightful.

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