A sweetly memorable delicacy I tasted first in Rome, in a quiet family restaurant in the streets close to the Borghese Villa……the fried zucchini blossom…..
One of my favorite things about summer is the delight of squash flowers, their overbearingly gorgeous blooms, and of course, the Italian delicacy of fried zucchini flowers, which can be made gluten free, and stuffed with whatever you please such as goat cheese.
Zucchini is a very hardy plant, and fairly easy to grow, much like the kale that features in so many recipes these days.
When choosing your zucchini blossoms try to get the male flowers they are more narrow in appearance, and tasty!
How to Make Fried Zucchini Blossoms
Batter: Whisk gluten free or regular flower with water and salt.
Stuffing: Mix your stuffing of choice, we like basil, green onion and goat cheese. You will add about 1-2 teaspoons to each bloom, so mix enough for the number of flowers you are preparing. Simply carefully twist your flower’s petals to form this botanical delight.
1. Heat oil in deep preferably sturdy pan,
2. Cover your stuffed blossoms in the batter.
3. Fry for 1-1.5 minutes, turning as needed until golden brown.
3. Place on plate covered with a paper towel. Salt.
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