I had to laugh! Before last week, I'd never heard of Spatchcocking a chicken or hen and now I can find flattened chicken at my local Marks & Spencer's!
Last week, I sort of wrote off this week because no one in my house really likes smoked salmon and I planned to make a previously done French Friday recipe instead. I'll have to admit I made this statement not even knowing what the blini part of the recipe was. So, after actually reading the recipe and other bloggers comments, I decided to try a substitution.
Keeping with the French theme, I used Julia Childs, Champignons Sautes a la Creme (Creamed Mushrooms) for the topping of my blinis. I couldn't find buckwheat flour so opted for wholewheat flour which I had in my pantry. I let the batter rest for about 1 hour 45 minutes. I'm curious to see what happened to those that made the batter the night before with the buckwheat flour? Mine were sort of just little wheat-tasting pancakes? My son got excited because he thought we were having pancakes for dinner, Ha! Only if you're eating them topped with cream mushrooms I said and his response was, "when is our pizza ready?"
We enjoyed them with the mushrooms, they would be great little appetisers for a dinner party... just need to make them mini-pancake size.
Champignons Sautes a la Creme (Creamed Mushrooms) from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child.
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms
2 T butter
1 T oil
2 T shallots or green onions
Saute the mushrooms in hot butter and oil for 4 to 5 minutes, but do not allow them to brown any more than necessary. Add the shallots or onions and toss over moderate heat for 2 minutes.
1 t flour
Stir in the flour and cook slowly for 2 minutes more.
2/3 to 1 cup whipping cream
1/8 t salt
pinch of pepper
optional: 2 to 3 T Maderia
Off the heat, blend in the cream and seasonings. Boil down until the cream has reduced and thickened. Add wine, and boil to evaporate its alcohol. Correct seasoning. I also added a few tablespoons of chopped tarragon.
1 to 2 T softened butter
Fold in just before serving.