Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

“There was a request for this and I thought this recipe sounded wonderful. Prep time includes chilling time.”
READY IN:
40mins
YIELD:
16 blossoms
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Quickly rinse the squash blossoms under running cold water and gently pat dry.
  2. Cut off and discard stems.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, garlic, pine nuts, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Open up the blossoms and spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling into the center of each; avoid overfilling.
  6. Twist the top of each blossom together to close.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  8. Combine the flour and water in a shallow bowl and beat with whisk until smooth and creamy.
  9. Let stand about 15 minutes.
  10. Pour the oil into a deep skillet or saucepan to a depth of about 3/4 inch.
  11. Heat over high heat until a small cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown within seconds.
  12. Briefly dip each stuffed blossom into the batter, then carefully slip into the hot oil.
  13. Cook until golden brown on one side; turn and continue to cook until golden on all sides; about 3 minutes total cooking time.
  14. Add as many blossoms at a time that will fit comfortably in the pan.
  15. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain briefly.
  16. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese to taste and serve immediately.

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