Stuffed courgette flowers

Stuffed courgette flowers

Fiori di zucchini ripieni

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Vegetables
Serves
4-8
Photographer
Laura Edwards

You can also use fiori di zucca (pumpkin flowers) in Italy, or if you grow pumpkins yourself, but I generally prefer the female flower of the courgette (zucchini), which is the one with the little courgette attached. Naturally you can also use the male courgette flower, which grows at the end of a thin stem.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
female or 12 male courgette flowers, nicely open
a mixture of olive oil and sunflower oil, for shallow-frying

Stuffing

Quantity Ingredient
400g fresh, soft, possibly sheep’s milk, ricotta cheese
20g parmesan, freshly grated
a little bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
2 medium egg yolks
freshly grated nutmeg
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Batter

Quantity Ingredient
3 medium eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons plain flour

Method

  1. For the stuffing, mix the ricotta to a paste with the Parmesan, chives, egg yolks, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Spoon the paste into a piping bag and divide it between your flowers, filling them well. Work gently, as the flowers are very fragile.
  3. In a large deep frying pan, add enough olive oil and sunflower oil so that the pan is a third full. Place over a medium heat.
  4. For the batter, simply mix the eggs and flour together.
  5. To test whether the oil has reached the perfect frying temperature, drop a small piece of bread in. If it fries and goes golden, the oil is ready.
  6. Dip the stuffed courgette flowers, one by one, into the batter, allow to drip, then immediately lower into the hot oil. Repeat with a couple more, but do not cook more than four at a time. Cook for 2–3 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper, while you coat and cook the remaining flowers.
  7. Eat while hot, either as a starter or as part of a fritto misto di vegetali.
Tags:
Carluccio
vegetables
vegetarian
Italian
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