Sweet Potato Cottage Cheese Blintzes and a Boutique Academia Giveaway


Mmm blintzes!

It's like a crepe sandwich.  A pancake burrito.

I love trough foods.  You know what I mean...things you can just throw whatever leftovers you have hanging around into and suddenly they're delicious.

Quiche, pasta, fried rice.  And blintzes!

My grandma used to make blintzes with cream cheese.  That is a good memory


These are filled with a sweet potato/cottage cheese mixture that cooks up sweet and hearty and lovely.  The kind of food that makes you feel good after eating.  Like a Russian farmer.  In a movie.

And bonus!  My baby loved them.

He's a picky one, is he.  But wait, there's more!

My friend Maile over at Boutique Academia has authorized me to give away one (one!) of her gorgeous necklaces.

Boutique Academia is a collection of jewelry that celebrates and aestheticizes the sciences.  Thus, here is the cellular makeup of sucrose, or sugar.


Pretty appropriate round these parts, eh?  And you wondered what this had to do with food.

Plus, I just love beautiful things and the creative people that make them.  Here are some more of Maile's amazing things.  Can you figure out what they all are?


Here's a hint - bottom left corner are the cells of a rose petal.  Valentine's is coming!

To participate in the giveaway, do one of the following three things:

1.  Become a follower of this here blog, Icy Violet's Kitchen, and leave a comment here.  If you are already a follower, just say so in the comment.
2.  Head over to Boutique Academia and check out Maile's stuff!  I told you Valentine's is coming!  Come back over here and tell us in a comment what your favorite thing in the shop was.
3.  Like Boutique Academia on Facebook, and come back over here and leave a comment saying so.

There, that'll do nicely.  The giveaway will close Wednesday, January 23rd at 8 pm Pacific Time.  The winner will be announced next Thursday night!  Good luck I hope you win!

Sweet Potato Blintzes with Cottage Cheese (borrowed and adapted, with love, from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)

wrappers:
1 1/2 cups milk
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

filling:
4 medium sweet potatoes
2 cups cottage cheese
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt

topping:
raspberry jam (or any other kind)
plain yogurt or sour cream

In a blender, combine all the wrapper ingredients and blend until smooth.  Pour the batter into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour or up to 2 days.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes, until soft.  Let them cool in their skins.  Once they're cool, peel them and mash with a fork.

Preheat a medium skillet or crepe pan over medium-high heat.  Once it's heated, brush lightly with melted butter or oil and pour 1/4 cup batter into the skillet, swirling it until it evenly coats the bottom.  Cook, undisturbed, until the bottom is golden and the top is set, about 2 minutes.  No need to flip them.  Transfer the wrapper to a paper-towel-covered plate, cooked side down.  Continue with remaining batter.

Once sweet potato puree is cool, stir in the cottage cheese, egg yolks, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Once wrappers are all cooked, you're ready to make blintzes.  Put a slightly heaped 1/4 cup of filling in the center of each wrapper, and fold it up like a burrito.  Opposite ends together, then pull the end of the crepe nearest to you up over the filling and roll to completely enclose it.  Like an eggroll.  Repeat with remaining blintzes and filling (I had extra filling...it's okay, more blintzes!).  Reheat your skillet over medium heat and brush again with butter or oil.  Cook the blintzes, seam side down, until golden brown and crisp - about 5 minutes on each side.

Serve topped with a dollop of jam and a dollop of yogurt.

30 comments:

Vee said...

Boom! I've fulfilled all requirements and I <3 the neuron earrings :) yay! anna!

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Heather said...

True confessions Anna--I saw your post on FB for the blintzes but it reminded me to come back to your blog looking for the cake recipe from the other day. I like cake! :) But I'm so glad I came looking for it because I found out about Maile's site at the same time! And now I'm signed up to follow your blog and I'm "liking" Maile's FB page! I may try the blintzes, but I'll probably be licking the cake plate clean first. ;) Love your recipes!

avagabondmom said...

oh my, they just made me crave for crepes! and the topping looks really delish!

Tamara T said...

Everything is done, subscribed through google+ as tamaraxxa
liked fb page as Natalia Khmy

Tamara T said...

Everything is done, subscribed through google+ as tamaraxxa
liked fb page as Natalia Khmy

Karin said...

wow, these look delicious!

I'm already a follower of Boutique Academia. I love their star/onyx necklaces, among other things.

So nice you are doing a giveaway.

Karin

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

I like Boutique Academia on Facebook.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

And I think the infinity bracelets or QED necklace are my current favorites from her shop...but that's because I already have her Pi necklace. :)

jeannesioux said...

I am already a follower of this yummy blog which is always a good read by the way.

jeannesioux said...

Boutique Academia was fun to browse. That is a clever idea. One of my favorite things was the treble clef bracelet.

Tawni Freeland-Crider said...

I am now happily following this blog, I love the "Pi to 35 Decimals" necklace on the Boutique Academia page, and I liked their Facebook page. Thanks for having a giveaway. The recipe and necklace featured in your blog both look great. Well done! :)

Anne Regalado said...

Anna , even the topping looks yummy ! The sweet potato and cottage cheese combo sounds really good . I'm drooling at the thought of it :D

What's this giveaway ? Are you going to throw some in our side of the world ?! lol

I love her necklaces , they look cool :D I Liked her page , a lot !

Kelley Madden said...

Wow! All your desserts look delicious, they're definitely going on my "must make" list! Mmmmm! Can't wait for the weekend to try them out!

Kelley Madden said...

Step Two: The infinity bracelet is definitely my favorite, it's absolutely adorable! <3

Kelley Madden said...

Liked Boutique Academia on Facebook!

Allison said...


Here's my contest entry:

First things first, this recipe looks great, can't wait to try it for a brunch or lunch or just whenever. Sweet cheese filling in blintzes is, well, sweet!

I liked the Boutique Academia on Facebook and my favorite thing I am itching for for V-Day is a Southern Cross constellation necklace, hint hint honey are you reading this?

The Sucrose necklace is super sweet too!

Antonia said...

The Rose Petal necklace and the sucrose one are both lovely.

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Jessica B. Burstrem said...

I was ALREADY a fan of Boutique Academia on Facebook, but now I've added your blog to my Google homepage -- this recipe looks AMAZING, by the way -- and headed over to the Boutique Academia site to pick out what I most like. And while it was a tough decision, as I like a lot of the stuff over there, the infinity bracelet takes the cake. In fact, I might just buy one right now....

Lys56 said...

Okie dokey, commitments fulfilled. I was gonna say that those were DNA earrings, but since Im not a science nerd like Cheri, i was shy, but I was correct. I did think that those cufflinks were very cool. I wonder if I could wear cufflinks, I should be able to pull that off dont ya think. You amaze me Anna, Just love your blog, was that cheezy enough to win? I will be hearing from you on thursday I hope.

Lys56 said...

Okie dokey, commitments fulfilled. I was gonna say that those were DNA earrings, but since Im not a science nerd like Cheri, i was shy, but I was correct. I did think that those cufflinks were very cool. I wonder if I could wear cufflinks, I should be able to pull that off dont ya think. You amaze me Anna, Just love your blog, was that cheezy enough to win? I will be hearing from you on thursday I hope.

rachel said...

I'm a follower!!

a. maren said...

awww you guys! so nice to see you all here! three days til the big day!

kimberly cahoon said...

I thought I was already following your blog, but I wasn't! I fixed it right away. I'm already a fan of Boutique Academia- you ladies are so talented! I would like you to bring me a sample of these blintzes, is that asking too much???

Jenn said...

I love Maile. I follow BA on FB. I love everything she makes. The sucrose hits home for me.

orgurita said...

I am already a follower of this blog! :D I love the DNA earrings on the Boutique Academia page, among other things, and I liked their Facebook page. Thx for sharing all your delicious desserts with us :D

a. maren said...

thank you my friends! the giveaway is now CLOSED!

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