Crispy and Delicious Fried Squash Blossoms

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Crispy and Delicious Fried Squash Blossoms
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 13, 2023

Fried squash blossoms are a popular Italian dish that have made their way into American cuisine. These delicate blossoms are filled with a flavorful mixture of cheese and herbs, then battered and fried until golden and crispy. They make for a unique and impressive appetizer or side dish, perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to impress your guests. Here's a simple and delicious recipe for fried squash blossoms that will have everyone asking for more.

Ingredients

  • 12 squash blossoms
  • 4 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Wash the squash blossoms gently under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, basil, parsley, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Carefully open each squash blossom and remove the stamen inside.
  4. Spoon a small amount of the cheese mixture into each blossom, then carefully twist the petals to seal the filling.
  5. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour and sparkling water until smooth and well combined.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium heat.
  7. Dip each stuffed blossom into the batter, allowing any excess to drip off, then carefully place it in the hot oil.
  8. Fry the blossoms in batches for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried blossoms to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  10. Sprinkle the fried blossoms with a pinch of salt while they're still hot.
  11. Serve the fried squash blossoms immediately and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Squash blossoms are also known as zucchini flowers and are a delicacy in many cuisines around the world.
  • In addition to ricotta cheese, you can also use other types of soft cheese like goat cheese or mozzarella for the filling.
  • Fried squash blossoms are a great way to use up excess blossoms from your garden or local farmers market.
  • This dish is best enjoyed when the blossoms are in season during the summer months.