Fried Squash Blossoms Recipe
While strolling through the farmers market this week I began to jump for joy when I spotted the first squash blossoms of the season! Those gorgeous squash blossoms are everywhere now, at the farmers market, in your vegetable garden and in the produce section of your grocery store. People go crazy for squash blossoms, including me! And once you taste Parmesan Basil Fried Squash Blossoms you will too!These delicate orange and yellow flower blossoms, also called zucchini flowers, are absolutely gorgeous and especially delicious when filled with a cheese mixture. Add a fresh herb, coat in a light batter and fry to crispy perfection, and I bet you can’t eat just one! Parmesan Basil Fried Squash Blossoms capture the flavor of summer in every bite!
Where there are zucchini flowers, there are zucchini and you’ll be needing a recipe or two for the abundant zucchini this summer. Quick question, do you have a veggie spiralizer yet? There are so many on the market to choose from now. Keep it simple with the OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer or step it up a notch with the Spiralizer Ultimate 7-Blade Vegetable Slicer for sliced vegetables in all shapes and sizes! Don’t feel like hand-cranking those veggies tonight? Then it’s time for a motorized spiralizer like the Ontel Veggetti Power 4-in-1 Electric Spiralizer!
Ok, back to our zucchini recipes, zucchini noodle recipes, that is. Zucchini Pasta Pomodoro is bursting with the summertime flavors of zucchini noodles, tomatoes and fresh basil. Zucchini Noodles & Broccoli With Peanut Sauce combine zucchini noodles with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, scallions and peanuts tossed in a silky peanut sauce for a fabulous vegetarian entrée.
You won’t need a veggie spiralizer for these garden fresh zucchini recipes! Fresh vegetables, including zucchini, are tossed together with farro in a lime scented dressing making Zucchini & Corn Farro Salad both refreshing and nutritious. Filled with protein-perfect eggs, packed with fresh zucchini, cheesy mozzarella and fresh basil, Plum Tomato Zucchini Frittata is hearty enough to have for dinner. Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini are filled with peppers, onions, cheese and breadcrumbs, making them ideal for your Meatless Monday meal. Ok, that should get your through a bumper crop of zucchini this summer! Enjoy!
Parmesan Basil Fried Squash Blossoms are filled with a ricotta and Parmesan cheese mixture. Add a fresh herb, coat in a light batter and fry to crispy perfection, and I bet you can't eat just one!
- 8 ounces ricotta
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs. chopped basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 24 squash blossoms
Combine ricotta, egg, Parmesan cheese, basil, kosher salt and pepper.
Transfer cheese mixture into a pastry bag or ziplock plastic bag. Snip off end of pastry bag or, if using, one corner of ziplock plastic bag and pipe filling into squash blossoms, dividing evenly between blossoms. Arrange blossoms in a single layer on a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to fry.
Place flour in a large bowl and whisk in the club soda or seltzer. Let the mixture rest 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed and a thin batter forms.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep sided skillet over medium-high heat until temperature of oil is 360°F on a deep-fry thermometer.
Working in batches of 4-5 blossoms at a time, dip each blossom in batter so that it is well-coated. Then using tongs, carefully place blossoms in oil and cook until filling is hot and cooked and blossoms are golden and crunchy, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer blossoms to paper towels. Repeat with remaining batches of blossoms. Be sure that oil returns to 360°F temperature before cooking each batch of blossoms.
Season with additional kosher salt to taste and serve.