Dill Blinis with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs

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Celebrate St Andrews Day with this Scottish Salmon recipe from James Martin's Islands to Highlands

30 Nov 2022 |

Dill Blinis with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs



From Islands to Highlands by James Martin





I cooked this dish in one of the most beautiful settings I have been in: Loch an Eilein (Loch of the Island). The stunning surroundings of forest and hills and the castle ruins that sit in the middle of the loch on a small island have recently been voted Britain’s favourite picnic spot; it’s no wonder. You need to go!



175g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs, separated

150ml full-fat milk

sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

small bunch of dill, chopped

25g salted butter



4 eggs

50ml double cream

25g salted butter

4 slices of smoked salmon,




8 slices of smoked salmon

100ml crème fraîche (optional)

1 lemon, cut into wedges (optional)


Heat a large flat griddle pan (or a heavy-based frying pan) over a medium heat until hot.


To make the blinis, put the flour into a large bowl, add the baking powder, egg yolks and milk. Season well and mix together.

In a separate clean and grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff (you can use an electric hand whisk or balloon whisk for this), then fold into the batter along with the dill.


Dot the butter over the griddle pan. Once it is melted and foaming, spoon on the batter to form 8 discs. Cook for a couple of minutes until each one has puffed up and you can see bubbles appearing, then flip over and cook until golden on the other side. Lift onto a plate and set aside.


To make the scrambled eggs, whisk the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, then pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook gently, stirring occasionally, until just set. Stir through the chopped salmon and season with black pepper.


To serve, pile the slices of smoked salmon onto a serving plate with the blinis and serve the scrambled eggs alongside, with crème fraîche and lemon wedges on the side, if you like.


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