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Fromage Blanc and Blueberry Crepe Blintzes
Christians have Blitzen; Jews have blintzes. Close, but not quite the same thing. The first is a reindeer, while the second is a traditional Jewish dish in which thin pancakes encase a creamy filling of cheese or fruit.
I think of blintzes as more of a Hanukkah breakfast, while most Hanukkah activities, like candle-lighting, and dreidel-spinning, occur at night. It helps to stretch out the festivities. You could, of course, buy blintzes in the freezer section of your supermarket, but these are so elegant and delicious, that I recommend you start by buying some Breton crêpes instead.
These blintzes start with lacy, perfect Breton crêpes, that are wrapped around a filling of fromage blanc (if you can't find this soft, tangy French cheese, just substitute cream cheese), ricotta, and lemon, and then drenched in a sauce of warm blueberries. They are traditional, but are homemade, easy, and ardently modern, without any fuss. You can serve these to bubbe or your boss—you will have no complaints.
About the author: Kerry Saretsky is a Serious Eats intern and the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.