Recipe: Vegetarian Canapés – Beetroot, Sour Cream & Walnut Blinis

Beetroot & Sour Cream Blinis

Happy New Year!  I’m back to the blog at last after a busy Christmas break, and far too much good food.  

Last weekend was our official Christmas Dinner with the in-laws, and as it fell on 6th January we came up with the idea of a Russian-inspired feast, (Christmas is celebrated on 6th January in the Russian Orthodox tradition).  So every day this week I’ll be posting a Russian-inspired recipe for your deliberation and delectation.

Today’s recipe is a small bite-sized canapé – what could be more Russian than a blini?  I cheated and bought mine from a supermarket, but if you have the time and inclination you could make your own.

Vegetarian Canapés - Beetroot, Sour Cream & Walnut Blinis
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Serves: 36 blinis
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 dried figs (or dates or pitted prunes would also work well)
  • 2 small cooked beetroot (vacuum-packed is fine)
  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp Marsala, Madeira or Sherry
  • 36 ready made mini blinis
  • Small tub Soured Cream
  • Handful fresh flat-leaved parsley
  1. Cook the red onion gently in the butter for 10 minutes or until translucent and cooked through.  Set aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the red onion, beetroot, figs, half the walnut pieces, and Marsala.  Blend to a smooth paste.
  3. Reheat the blinis according to packet instructions.  Top each with a ½ teaspoon dollop of soured cream, followed by a slightly larger dollop of beetroot mixture, and finish each with a walnut piece and small parsley leaf.  Serve as soon as possible.

Make it vegan: Replace the butter with dairy-free margarine, and omit the soured cream.  You will have to make your own blinis, for which there is an excellent recipe here!

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  1. Lovely, bet they tasted delicious and they look fab.

  2. They look great! I’m in a beetroot phase at the moment, having it every day!! Especially like the presentation platter too by the way!!

    1. Yes the slate is v. cool indeed – already had lots of use!

  3. These look incredible… so elegant and probably very delicious!

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