Zucchini Tuesday...

19 February, 2013

Here is my favourite zucchini recipe.

Stuffed zucchini flowers.


It requires a rare state of perfection for zucchini. I had to wait until just the right time when I had zucchini flowers that had closed, but hadn't gotten too soft and ready to fall off.

I do prefer the female flowers (on the left with baby zucchini behind the flower) but had a bit more stuffing that I originally intended to make so I went outside and picked some male flowers for stuffing too.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers (adapted from a recipe from the River Cafe Green cookbook)

5-6 zucchini flowers
100g ricotta
1 egg yolk
Grated rind of half a lemon
Salt, pepper
120g flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
Around 2/3 cup water
2 egg whites

Gently pull out the stamen part of the zucchini flower and rinse in cold water. Let dry.

For the stuffing, mix ricotta, egg yolk, lemon, salt and pepper together until well combined. Do your best to stuff the mix into the zucchini flowers. (I find a teaspoon and doing a little at at time works best. More than a teaspoon full and it goes everywhere!)

To make the batter mix the flour, olive oil and enough water to make a thick, smooth paste (not runny, but not claggy, think like double cream). Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold into the flour/oil/water paste.

Dip the filled zucchini flowers in the batter and fry in hot oil until golden.


Serve with a salad.


A bit fiddly I grant you, but so worth the effort!

8 comments:

  1. Oh they do look good. I stuff mine with rice based mixes usually but I really should try cheese as those look fab.

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    1. It's well worth it! I will have to give a rice based mix a go. Do you have a favourite recipe?

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  2. They look deicious. Zucchini have been great this year, I think it is the heat.
    I have an abundance of rockmelon and cucumbers from the seeds you sent me a while back.

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    1. Yes, the zucchini's have been prolific! Wonderful to hear the cukes and rockmelons have done well. The bean seeds you sent have done really well and I'm saving some seed as I definitely want to grow them again!

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  3. Do love a good stuffed zucchini, and these are no exception

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    1. Yes! Stuffed zucchini lovers unite!

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  4. Yum, yum, yum! I think I like the idea of this filling better than the usual rice one... Your batter looks so light, well done!

    Apologies I didn't have the opportunity to do zucchini Tuesday this week. I was away from the technology learning how to be a farmer.

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  5. It is a fabulous batter which I think is hard to beat. No apologies needed; sounds like you are already a farmer, but I hope you learn something interesting.

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