Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World

Russia:  Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Russian cuisine is known for creamy sauces with mushrooms.  We’ve been eating beef stroganoff for years and years, so when I stumbled upon this recipe I figured it would have a similar flavor profile.

First off, let me say the sauce was delicious.  However, since we’re not used to savory crepes in my family, it was met with a bit of resistance. I think the kids would have loved the sauce served over pasta or dumplings (something a bit more commonplace around here). That said, one of my goals with the project was to expose them to new tastes and textures, which I did.  I’m proud of them for trying it and giving it a shot, and maybe next time they’ll be more open to something like this.    I think I’ll tuck the porcini mushroom sauce recipe away to use again.  It was a keeper!

Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • Blini:
  • 1¾ C. buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¾ C. flour
  • 1¾ cup boiling water
  • ⅓ C. vegetable oil
  • Chicken and Mushroom Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • salt, pepper
  • 2½ C. chopped cooked chicken
  • ¾ C. chicken broth
  • Porcini Mushroom Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 oz dried porcini or chanterelle mushrooms, rehydrated and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1¼ C. chicken broth
  • ½ C. heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine blini ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Heat skillet. Pour in about ⅓ C. blini batter and flip when the blini get tiny bubbles. Blini are done when golden brown. Set aside.
  2. For the filling, melt butter in a skillet. Saute mushrooms, onion, celery until soft and translucent. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Add chicken and heat through. Set aside.
  3. To assemble blini, add about ¼ C. filling to the blini. Roll as you would an enchilada. Saute in a skillet in butter until golden brown. Set aside in a casserole dish. Later you will be topping with mushroom sauce.
  4. For the mushroom sauce, hydrate porcini mushrooms by soaking them in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drain water and mince. Melt butter in skillet. Saute garlic, onion, fresh mushrooms until translucent. Add porcini mushrooms. Add flour and stir until all ingredients are well-coated. Add chicken broth and heat to thicken. Simmer 10-15 minutes on low. Add cream and sour cream, stir.

 

Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World Russia: Chicken and Mushroom Blini with Porcini Mushroom Sauce - Kim Cooks the World IMG_4192 IMG_4194 IMG_4198 IMG_4199 Thanks, Olga’s Flavor Factory!