Monday, July 13, 2009

Fried zucchini... Flowers, that is...

Unless a zucchini forms at the base of a flower, the flower will fall off the stem and be wasted. If a zucchini is to form it is easily spotted by a thicker stem and the start of the vegetable will be quite noticeable. I don't like waste and I remember a little recipe that my father showed me many years ago.

There are different ways to do this, but I will take you through the easiest. If you feel adventurous, make some seasoned ricotta stuffing (like for stuffed shells) and fill the flowers... otherwise...

Get yourself some zucchini flowers from your garden. Rinse under water and remove any dirt or bugs.


If adventurous, you can open the flowers and stuff them before this next step. These were not stuffed. Dip the flower in scrambled egg and coat the outside of the flower.


Then roll the flower in... um... flour. Coat the entire flower... uh... in flour, and then...


Drop those bad boys in hot vegetable oil. Turn over once or twice until thoroughly fried.


Place on a few sheets of paper towels to get any excess oil off and then sprinkle with powdered sugar or fruit preserves... or both!
I used raspberry!


If stuffed with seasoned ricotta, you can cover with some tomato sauce and grated parmesan or pecorino romano! Enjoy your summer snack. And remember to share ;)

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15 comments:

Tricia said...

Yummy yummy for my tummy tummy! hehehe

Happy MYM!

Sally in WA said...

Interesting. I'm not much of a zucchini eater to start with but this looks good.

Carletta said...

My garden is in abundance with zucchini at the moment and I only like it in bread. Honestly, I had no idea you could eat the blossoms.
This looks good!

Hope your Monday back at work is indeed Mellow.

VioletSky said...

Love zucchini and have seen the blossoms in the grocery store but never knew what to do with them. What a delicious MYM post.

katherine said...

wow..looks so yummy. ifeel hungry now. Happy MYM.

blondkit10 said...

Ooooo YUM! I remember having some that your father made ages ago. I've also had some a few years ago that were not sugared, but savory with salt and pepper (and a little spicy red pepper too, I think). Totally Delicious! How I wish I had a place where I could have a garden so I could make some.

Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds yummy!

I played too :)

Mary said...

I had never heard of doing this. What a novel idea. Perfect for MYM. Have a great day.

Fenway said...

The Wee Garden is giving forth....

I LOVE stuffed zucchini flowers...a little sausage/pork, ricotta, seasoning and it's a party in your mouth.

EXCELLENT post!

Pyzahn said...

Oooo, I've never seen them smothered in sweetness before. Yum. And nice pics.

Karen said...

Hmmmmmm ... I have quite a few zucchini flowers in my garden ....

Looks yummy !!!

Thankyou for this post ...it has given me ideas :-)

SouthLakesMom said...

I think the flowers are just a good excuse for eating something fried with powdered sugar on top! ha ha Seriously, a very nice sequence of instructions and photos, and mellow yellow to boot!

Sue said...

I love zucchini. I didn't grow any this yr. I have in the past. I never in my life have heard you can eat the flowers. Very instersting.

Thanks for sharing. Happy MYM!

Regina said...

I love zucchini, but I haven't tried the flower. Nice post.
Thanks for sharing.

Happily Retired Gal said...

I'm with Tricia ... looks DELICIOUS to me. Thanks for dropping by HRG on Monday. I'm playing 'catch up' today ;--)
Hugs and blessings,