Sunday, July 01, 2007

Stuffed squash blossoms

My mom came over to visit and brought me a bunch of beautiful squash blossoms from her local farmers market. The best why to use these is to stuff them and fry in oil till crisp and golden. I would love to do a potato-salt cod filling, but I trip to the Molinari deli in North beach for the salt cod is not going to happen today, instead I will do a simple herb rice and cheese filling. Lightly dust with flour and fry in hot oil till golden, drain on paper towels. I did a roasted organic cherry tomato sauce with just olive oil and salt. You will only find squash blossoms in the summer season and at your local farmers markets, buy them now if you can find them, they will only be around for a little while longer.

12 fresh squash blossoms
1/2 cup white rice
1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs (parsley, thyme)
2 clove garlic chopped
1/2 small onion diced
olive oil
1 cup diced cheese ( I used feta)
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups trans fat free vegetable oil for frying

1. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil, add the rice.
2. Continue to cook the rice for a few minutes, add the stock
3. Cover and simmer till done (about 15 minutes) allow to cool, add cheese and herbs, mix well, taste for proper seasoning and adjust if necessary.
4. Wipe each blossom with a damp towel to clean, check inside for bugs.
5. Place a heaping tablespoon of the rice mixture in each blossom.
6. Dust with all purpose flour and carefully place in the preheated vegetable oil (325F)
7. Fry till golden brown and carefully remove with tongs then drain on paper towels.


Anonymous said...

I say, great idea with the flowers!
How would you do them with the cod?

Chef Greg said...

watch for the recipe, which be posted in the future.

Julie Joe said...

I have seen this before at a resturant, I am alway affraid to try this recipe, is it rally hard to do? Where is a good place to buy these flowers? How do you know which ones to buy?

Chef Greg said...
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Chef Greg said...

Squash blossoms are seasonal and hard to find, if you don't have a local farmers market try whole foods markets if you have one in your area, ask the produce people if they can be ordered for you. And yes its really easy to make, try them.