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Fiori di Zucca Ripieni (Stuffed Squash Blossoms)

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Fiori di Zucca Ripieni (Squash Blossoms stuffed with Ricotta and Herbs).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil - Or Enough To Fry
  • 2 cups Ricotta Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon Flat-leaf Italian Parsley, Chopped Fine
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil, Chopped Fine
  • 2 whole Large Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 cup Flour (or Enough To Dredge)
  • 6 whole Squash Blossoms, Washed, Cleaned And Trimmed
  • Salt And Pepper

Preparation

1. Place a few inches of oil (enough to submerge blossoms) into a deep-sided pot or fry machine and heat to 350 degrees.

2. Place the ricotta and herbs into a small bowl and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer into a pastry bag or Ziploc bag and set aside.

3. Set up your dredging station by placing the beaten eggs into a small bowl and the flour into a separate bowl. Set aside.

3. Wash, clean and trim the squash blossoms and gently pat them dry. GENTLY pull back the tops of the blossoms, insert the pastry bag/Ziploc bag and GENTLY squeeze enough of the ricotta mixture in to fill the blossom without bursting it. GENTLY twist the tops of the blossoms to seal. Continue until all blossoms are filled.

4. Dredge the blossoms into the egg mixture and then coat with the flour. Tap off any excess flour. Continue until all blossoms are dredged.

5. Place blossoms into the heated oil and cook until golden (this will only take a few minutes). When golden, transfer blossoms to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Season them lightly with salt while they’re still warm.

They’re best eaten when still warm.

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rsrandalls on 7.12.2010

I have spaghetti squash growing in the garden with lots of flowers. My grand mother who just passed away last month use to ALWAYS make these and I have been thinking lately I need to make them for my kids! Thank you!!!! Can’t wait to try them!!!

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bell'alimento on 7.9.2010

Hi Marla! Squash blossoms normally open in the morning & then it’s easiest to tell the male from the female blossoms. The male blossoms will have a stamen {which needs to be removed during cleaning} & do not produce the fruit {squash}. Hope that helps : )

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marlafrancine on 7.9.2010

Please explain: At what point am I able to pick the blossoms without doing any harm to the squash? Or does it matter?

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