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Cooking Tip of the Week (7/24/2011)

Posted by Bill Abruzzo on July 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Zucchini Blossoms are a Unique and Tasty Snack

In Italy, zucchini blossoms are a favorite springtime treat.  At the daily produce markets, they are sold by the dozens in neatly tied bouquets. What a beautiful sight!   Unfortunately, zucchini blossoms are very difficult, if not impossible, to find here in the US. Unless, of course, you have zucchini plants growing in your vegetable garden. If you do, then here are a few tips on how to prepare them.

Each zucchini plant has both male and female blossoms. The female blossoms grow from the end of juvenile zucchinis. The male blossoms grow from long slender stems. Both blossoms are edible. To prepare them, simply remove the pistils from the female blossoms and the stamens from the male blossoms.  Then, rinse the blossoms under gently running cool water. Be sure to handle them with care, as they are delicate and will easily bruise or tear.

There are a variety of  ways to cook zucchini blossoms. They can be shredded and tossed with sauteed zucchini, cooked in an omelet, or stuffed with cheese and then dipped in batter and deep fried.  For a fun snack your children will love, dip them in egg, dredge them in flour, deep fry them until crisp and golden and hit them with a sprinkle of salt. They are hands down better than potato chips or french fries! 

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Reply Bill Abruzzo
2:16 AM on August 10, 2011 
Sure! In the weeks to come, I will fit in a recipe for stuffed zucchini blossoms. I made them twice last year. This year, however, we have been travelling and otherwise busy, so I have been cooking them up in a quick omelet or frying them. The omelet is easy. Just, brush your frying pan with olive oil, open the blossoms, place them on the bottom of the frying pan, season with salt and black pepper, press the blossoms down with the spatula until they sizzle, sprinkle over some grated parm cheese, and then pour over 3 eggs beaten with with some chopped parley. Let the egg set and then flip. Its done in another 30 secs Delizioso! Give it a try.
Reply Joe D.
1:10 AM on August 2, 2011 
Very interesting idea. Can someone post a few some recipes?