Squash Blossoms

9 Aug

Today’s CSA contains bunches of squash blossoms in every box. With such a beautiful ingredient we thought we’d give you a few beautiful recipes to impress the guests.

STUFFED SQUASH BLOSSOMS

A delicious use of the blossom is as a shell for stuffing. Here is a batter and frying recipe along with some possible fillings.

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BATTER INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup corn starch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk, beer or water

BATTER UP

  1. Whisk all batter ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Let sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Fill each blossom with stuffing, leaving enough room to twist the pedals closed at the top.
  3. Pour the oil into a skillet to a depth of 1/2 inch. Heat over high heat until a small cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown within seconds.
  4. Dip blossoms into batter and cook in oil on all sides for a total cooking time of about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a paper towel on it to drain the excess oil.
  5. Lightly salt if desired and serve immediately!

FILLINGS: A house favorite is to fill the blossoms with a soft cheese (cream cheese, goat, ricotta). Mix these cheeses with some minced cooked veggies (onion, peppers, etc) and your favorite spices for some additional flavor.  

 

More Squash Blossom Ideas

  • Steam or bake: Use similar fillings to those above and steam or bake them for a healthier alternative
  • Pasta: The blossoms can be cooked into a pasta sauce or chopped and tossed into a pasta with olive oil, cheese and other spices and vegetables
  • Soup: Cook the blossoms into a brothy, use as garnish or cook into a creamy soup
  • Quesedilla: Cook pedals sandwiched in between tortillas with your favorite cheese
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One Response to “Squash Blossoms”

  1. Aimee Sanchez August 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Boooohhh Yeeeaaahhhh Squash Blossoms!!!!

    I have never made stuffed squash blossoms before. It seemed toooo hard, they are soooo delicate, fry the pretty yellow flowers??? hmmm, to say the least, I was intimidated. But with some liquid (wine) courage, and my husband out of town (no witnesses) I just went for it.

    Okay, what do i have in the fridge? A low fat cheddar cheese stick, about 2 tbs. of cream cheese, an egg and some Italian dressing. Okay, I can make that work. And boy, oh boy did I make that work!!! I made the scant amount of cheesy/dressing stuffing, stuffed 6! (DUDE 6!!) blossoms, dredged in egg and flower and fried in EVOO until yummy golden brown. The result….. heaven! Thank you Fairview Gardens to opening my eyes once again to something I would normally never, every buy in the store or attempt to cook otherwise. Have I told you I love you lately? I do, I really do. Boooo Yeahhhh Squash Blossoms!

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