Jon Shook from Animal shares a family recipe for cheese blintzes

Animal is one of LA's hottest restaurants, but before he was setting trends, Jon Shook was enjoying some comforts from Grandmother Russia. Here's a generations-old cheese blintz recipe.

Cheese Blintzes
Jon Shook, Animal (Los Angeles)
This recipe for cheese blintzes comes from Jon Shook's grandmother. She got it from her mother, and it goes back several generations to an unknown place in Russia.

Ingredients for the pancake
Makes 12
2 eggs
1cup water
1 cup flour
2tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1/3 stick of margarine
Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the filling
4oz cream cheese
7.5oz farmer cheese
2tbsp sugar (or to taste)
Pinch of salt

1. In a bowl, add 2 eggs and beat. Add 1 cup water and continue to beat, then add 1 cup flour and beat. Add melted margarine and mix.

2. In a 6in frying pan, with a medium to medium-high temperature, coat the pan with the mixture. Keep the shape of each pancake round and thin. Cook until the edges are slightly brown, flip and cook for several more seconds.

3. Remove from heat.

4. Put about a tablespoon of filling on each pancake and fold into a rectangular shape.

5. Fry in a pan until golden and the filling is soft or melted. These can be frozen and cooked later. Serve plain or with sour cream, jelly, or whatever you like.