06 Mar2005

Fried Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita) are a delicious way to start a meal. squash1In Italy, fried zucchini blossoms (Cucurbita pepo) are a relatively common starter during the spring and summer months. Yesterday at the market there was a bumpercrop of kalabasa blossoms for sale so I bought a bunch and my wife made her favorite fried kalabasa blossoms stuffed with mozzarella, anchovies and capers. The recipe is easy, quick and totally scrumptious. Squash blossoms are more than just good to look at, they are fleshy, flavorful vegetables that pair well with strongly flavored ingredients. Generally the male squash blossoms are the ones picked and sold in markets. The females are left on the vines to develop into fruit. Squash blossoms have been added to vegetable stir-fries, risotto, egg based dishes, etc. However, fried squash blossoms is the recipe that we keep coming back to again and again.

To make. Purchase 1-2 bunches of squash blossoms (allow 3-5 blossoms per person as an appetizer, remember to pick the blossoms and throw out damaged or squashed squash blossoms…). squash2Make your dish within a day of buying the blossoms. Carefully remove the pistils from the blossoms, wash the flowers in cold water and dry carefully. Check for bugs. Stuff the cavity of the blossom with some chopped mozzarella, chopped anchovies and scant chopped capers. Do not overstuff or they will explode when fried. Gently twist the ends of the petals closed to seal in the stuffing. Make a simple batter with the following proportions – for every cup of water add one cup of sifted all purpose flour and a pinch or two of salt. Heat up vegetable oil in a frying pan and when hot, carefully dip the squash blossoms in the batter and slip into the oil. Cook until golden and crisp. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately. Squash blossoms can also be stuffed with ground meat, shrimp, etc.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. sha says:

    Flowers and food! Oh my what a page is this, am in heaven
    just going through the photos.
    YOU WILL BE MY PERFECT DINNER GUEST. Zucchini flowers
    stuffed and deep fried are so heavenly.
    Your wife has a great taste!
    This site will accompany me with my tea!
    BEAUTIFUL!!

    Mar 6, 2005 | 7:52 pm

     
  2. stel says:

    hi, got here through sha’s site. discovery! what a wonderful way to experience Manila again…

    Mar 7, 2005 | 1:39 am

     
  3. sha says:

    one of the best memory I have of fried courgettes flowers
    was when we had a great dinner at Biot, South of France.
    With ciccada singing, lavenders in full bloom, french way
    of preparing the courgette was the icing of the cake!

    Mar 7, 2005 | 4:54 am

     
  4. Manang says:

    Thank you for the email. I love your site! It made me realize I could have planted squash last summer for these heavenly flowers which I love cooked (boiled) with fried fish and lima beans as dinengdeng!

    Mar 7, 2005 | 9:40 pm

     
  5. joey says:

    I tried the recipe above and it was good, but a tad bit too oily. I think I did something wrong — like not letting it rest on the paper towels long enough or not putting enough batter…the oil seemed hot enough. Will definitely try again because I liked it! We put the leftover flowers in our pinakbet and it was great there too…

    Apr 28, 2005 | 10:42 pm

     
  6. lee says:

    i remember having squash flowers added to “laswa”, a plain ilonggo vegetable dish. nice…

    May 13, 2005 | 3:43 pm

     
  7. Mike Wascher says:

    I love these! I’ve always made stuffed squash blossoms, using blossoms fresh from the garden, but stuffed just with cheese. The addition of anchovies & capers is a great idea!

    Be extra careful when using fresh from the garden blossoms. I came in with a bunch one day, gave them a quick rinse, and heard a buzzing. One blossom had a very damp & very angry bee inside.

    As an appetizer, I usually pair these with stuffed Jalapeño peppers too. Roast peppers & remove the skin; slit & remove seeds; then treat like the squash blossoms.

    Sep 3, 2007 | 8:37 pm

     
 

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