Blue Corn Blinis with Crab and Avocado Crema Recipe

Blue Corn Blinis
Laurie Smith


For the blinis:

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm (110–115 degrees) water
  • ½ cup blue cornmeal flour
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the crema:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

To assemble:

  • 8 ounces fresh lump crabmeat, picked over for shell pieces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pico de Gallo

An easy appetizer that is delicious during the holidays, but full of fresh flavors that are also wonderful at other times of the year. While blinis are typically made with white or buckwheat flour, these blinis call for blue corn flour for a more Texan flair.

Make sure you use the best quality lump crabmeat you can find.

Adapted from Rebecca Rather’s “The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style.” 


For the blinis:

Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees or set a griddle or large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

Stir the yeast into the water in a small bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flours and salt. Add the milk, yeast mixture, and butter, whisking to combine after each addition. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Coat the preheated griddle or skillet with cooking spray. Use 1 tablespoon of batter per blini and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until crisp around the edges and golden brown. Set aside and keep warm.

For the crema:

Pulse the avocado in a food processor until smooth. Add the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, Tabasco, and salt and process until smooth. Spoon into a squeeze bottle* and refrigerate until ready to use. The crema can be made one day in advance.

To assemble:

In a small bowl, break the crabmeat into small chunks and stir in the lime juice to coat.

Squeeze about ¼ teaspoon of crema on each blini and top with about 1 teaspoon of the crabmeat mixture. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of pico de gallo on top of the crabmeat and top it off with an artful squiggle of crema. Serve immediately.


*Note: If you don’t have a squeeze bottle on hand to dispense the crema, use a small sandwich-sized plastic bag. Fill it no more than two-thirds full and snip a tiny bit off the bag’s corner with sharp scissors. Squeeze lightly to push the desired amount of crema onto the blinis.


Calories per serving:

63 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 117g 180%
  • Carbs 117g 39%
  • Saturated 30g 152%
  • Fiber 17g 67%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 31g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 63g 126%
  • Cholesterol 354mg 118%
  • Sodium 2,891mg 120%
  • Calcium 475mg 47%
  • Magnesium 188mg 47%
  • Potassium 1,983mg 57%
  • Iron 6mg 31%
  • Zinc 12mg 77%
  • Phosphorus 936mg 134%
  • Vitamin A 383µg 43%
  • Vitamin C 36mg 59%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 52%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 64%
  • Niacin (B3) 14mg 70%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 50%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 409µg 102%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 140%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 48%
  • Vitamin K 47µg 59%
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