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Delicious Fried Squash Blossoms with Fontina

Taking away the flowers of some plants makes them stronger and happier. Basil, for instance, will branch and provide you with much more pesto fodder if you make sure it never blooms. However, when we take away a zucchini blossom to stuff, fry, and eat, will it mean more zucchini to harvest and leave anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps? Or do we risk getting no fruits from the vine if we pluck the flowers? I needed to ask a farmer.

While I was waiting for the answer, I cooked up this batch of fried squash blossoms stuffed with fontina cheese and anchovies. The trick with squash blossoms (also called zucchini flowers) is that they are time-sensitive and delicate. When you see these beauties in your local farmer’s market, buy them and use them as soon as possible for the best results.

Fried Squash Blossoms with Fontina

Fried Squash Blossoms

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The recipe serves 4 as an appetizer or first course. These are best eaten when still hot.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Starter Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
 
 

  • 12 Squash Blossoms
  • 12 small batons Fontina or other melting cheese 1/4-inch by 1-inch
  • 4 Anchovies each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash the squash blossoms thoroughly in cold water, drain, and pat dry gently.
  • Using either a sharp paring knife or kitchen scissors, cut out the stamen, taking care not to tear the blossom.
  • Stuff each blossom with a piece of cheese and a piece of anchovy. Close and gently twist the end of the blossom.
  • In a large flat bowl, whisk together the flour and water until you have a very thin batter — similar to crêpe batter. If it is too thick, add more water; conversely, if it’s too thin, add some more flour.
  • Prepare a large dinner plate for draining the blossoms by covering it with a triple thickness of paper towels. Set the plate beside the stove (but not too close to the burner!).
  • Place an equal amount of olive and canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat — about 3/4-inch deep. The oil will be hot enough when a drop of batter sizzles as soon as it hits the oil.
  • When the oil is ready, dip the blossoms in the batter and turn to coat. Carefully place them in the oil begin careful not to let them touch one another. Depending on the size of your skillet, you will want to fry 4-6 at a time. Fry until golden on one side; turn and cook the other side. Remove from the pan and place the cooked blossoms on the paper towels to drain; sprinkle immediately with sea salt. Repeat with the remaining blossoms.
Keyword Anchovies, Cheese, Zucchini Flowers
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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