So here is a frozen item that I bought a while back, but sat in the freezer. Either I opted for everything else around it or just passed over it.
But in any case, I've had blintzes before. Usually in Manhattan. They are served with a crepe-like exterior and soft sweetened ricotta-like cheese in the middle. Often it is served with some type of fruit topping, powdered sugar, or sour cream.
Noting the amount of sugar in one serving, I skipped any additional toppings.
This is not an item that should be rushed. This item has a delicate exterior so you don't want to rush things. Sometimes in my haste, I cook things over the stove with the heat far higher than it needs to be.
This should be low and slow. Yes, you want some crispness on the outside, but at the same time, you want to make sure the middle is cooked through.
If you can be patient, then you will be rewarded with a blend of cottage cheese and farmer's cheese that is sweet enough to be enjoyed on its own. And yes, you want to make sure the middle does reach that warmed stage.
You can make this in a few different ways: in a skillet, in the oven, or in the air fryer. Yes, I know the directions don't mention the air fryer.
I tested these in a skillet. Medium-low heat is the key here. You want to crisp them but not burn them. So think low and slow here. To me, this yielded really good results.
If you are a fan of the oven method then preheat your oven to 400F. Bake for 10 minutes but flip them about halfway.
Now, the all-important question will they air fry? The answer is yes. Place these in your air fryer tray at 340F. Cook for about 8 minutes. Be sure to check them and make sure there is space between the blintzes.
While not quite as good as the ones I've had from stands in the city, as a frozen item they were pretty darn good without any mess.
For $3.49 for six these are a good deal. Worth a try if you want something sweet and filling.
Would I buy this again? While I enjoyed these, Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes would not be a regular purchase as they are very sweet.
The box of Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes
Product Name: Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes
Product Description: Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes are a perennial favorite in the freezer sction.
Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes are a long standing classic in the freezer section.
- Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes are a pretty good blintz that is frozen and relatively easy to prepare.
- These begged for a fruit topping like what is pictured on the box.