Monday, November 29, 2010

Stuffed & Pan Fried Squash Blossoms





Oh I am so excited about this recipe! Let me first say this recipe met all the side dishes at thanksgiving and literally beat them up and sent them home crying… It whipped them up and kicked them down, first in line for posting hands down.


Let me introduce you…that is if you havn’t already met -


Mr & Mrs Squash Blossom…stuffed with cheese! Did I mention pan fried too?
I have to add that this recipe was inspired by Chef Dennis who would gladly marry a squash blossom. I delightfully borrowed his batter recipe






INGREDIENTS (as an appetizer (2) per person)

10 Squash Blossoms
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup chopped cheddar cheese, I used an English cheddar with Onion Marmalade..
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup flour + extra for dredging
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons chopped Basil
Oil for pan frying, I used Vegetable Oil







DIRECTIONS


In a small bowl combine your cream cheese, flavored cheddar, and red pepper flakes. Fill each blossom FULL with mixture and twist the top. Place blossoms in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.







In a small bowl mix together the eggs, milk, flour, Parmesan, and Basil.







Remove your blossoms from the refrigerator and dredge them in flour, coating the blossom really well.


In a large frying pan over a medium high heat coat your pan in a ¼ inch of oil. Take each blossom and fully coat it in your wet mixture than pan fry it until a deep golden brown.







Place your blossoms on a paper towel to drain the excess oil, serve at room temperature…







WAITTTTT, I have one last shot to really kick your taste buds into overdrive… Meooooow!


42 comments:

Ami said...

oh man, this look sooo yummy!! I am beyond excited to try this one!

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

I have never cooked with squash blossoms before, but it looks like they're really becoming a trend - and a delicious looking one at that! These look fun and perfect for snacking... Thanks for sharing, Jen!

Brownieville Girl said...

Boy oh boy, that last shot has me salavating!!!

Really difficult to get squash blossoms here, but I'll get some next summer if it's the last thing I do!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great quote... Those squash blossoms looks delicious. I've never had them...

Cheers,

Rosa

Chef Dennis said...

oh my precious......sigh....
Jen what a great job with those blossoms!! I'm glad they were a hit at your dinner!1 Sadly our market is closed for the winter now, and I will have to wait until next june.
Thanks for the mention on your blog, that was very kind!
Cheers
Dennis

Design Wine and Dine said...

Stop it already with this! No fair! These look freaking unbelievable!!!!!!!!!! I will make these!

Karen said...

I'm so jealous that you can find squash blossoms. They isn't one to be found in my neck of the woods.
These look amazing, and I can imagine that they would be a big winner on the Thanksgiving table.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These stuffed squash blossoms look wonderful. And I really love the quote in your first photo!

SprinkleBakes said...

Lovely! Sadly, there are no squash blossoms to speak of here, so will have to bookmark for the summer months. Totally jealous- they look incredible.

dinnersanddreams.net said...

Wonderful preparation of these zucchini blossoms!

Nisrine

Faith said...

I literally drooled a little on myself when I looked at the last picture and cheddar with onion marmalade sounds amazing too. I just picked up some Tilamook garlic cheddar and I bet that would be super good too! mmmm! LOL unfortunatley I scraped ice off my windows this morning so I think I am going to have to wait to experience this goodness!

PALATABLE said...

This sounds and looks wonderful, first time came across such a great dish with squash blossom, yummy...

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scrambledhenfruit said...

No squash blossoms here either- regretfully, I must wait until spring to enjoy these beauties.

Bobbie said...

Never cooked with this before..... looks fancy and tasty!

Zoe said...

Wow...this dish look so pretty. Your photos are great and I like your concise tutorial to make this yummy dish :D

teresa said...

oh my gosh, i'm already obsessed with those adn i haven't even tried them yet. i need to bookmark it so when philly thaws out i can make some! gorgeous!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

The pic with the filling really had me.
Look super dee duper good!!

Michael Toa said...

this looks fantastic. Saw the recipe at chef dennis' blog before and been wanting to make it but it's not easy to find squash blossoms here. :(
Yours looks so delicious.

Foodiva said...

I thought squash blossoms were no longer in bloom when summer went away, but I was obviously wrong! These are not merely Mr. And Mrs. you're featuring here, it looks like the whole Squash B. familia was present. And they look so tempting that we want to eat them all! ;-)

Clements Family said...

Oh that looks DELISH!!

Ali said...

I'd never heard of a squash blossom until now. Such a purty food.

Cucina di Barbara said...

So lovely for an informal dinner party with some friends!
Barbaraxx

Kathleen said...

These look seriously AMAZING!!!!

Daisy said...

these look amazing. wow! I'd love to make them

Alessandra said...

Loooovely!!!

Do you call them squash? So does that mean that they are baby squash?

I usually use zucchini, and those do look like zucchini... I wander if it is the same vegetable and we call it with different names, of if squash and zucchini look alike when they are baby :-)

Monet said...

Don't you just love how Chef Dennis has inspired so many of us to experiment with these babies! Your stuffed blossoms look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend! Have a great Tuesday.

Fashion Meets Food said...

seriously this looks brilliant and amazing!

xo

Foodessa said...

Yes...Chef D. would probably marry a Ms. lovely squash blossom. LOL...funny how we can relate certain foods to people.

Jennyfurla...you've done a spectacular job with these gorgeous zucchini flowers. Also, I love that photo with them in the sunshine...just beautiful ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Ingrid said...

Looks good but what do they taste like? Spinach, lettuce, what? :)
~ingrid

Amanda said...

oh my, these look absolutely incredible! yum!

Pam said...

Mmmmm. These are making me drool.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Those look DIVINE! I have wanted to make these for so long and now I have a great recipe. Thank you for sharing!

Indie.Tea said...

I LOVE squash blossoms. I did a whole post on them, and never hit the publish button. I envy you, finding them in this weather! They run out at the farmer's market (here in Northern CA) in August or September at the latest....

Jenn said...

Oh my... that last picture looks so creamy and good!! YUM! I'm so jealous you found squash blossoms! I've been on the look out for them since I saw them on Chef Dennis' site! Lucky :)

Shannon said...

Shut up! That last picture is just unfair! It looks freakin amazing. But um, I don't even know what squash blossoms are...I would never had thought that was something you'd eat :)

Sue said...

Oh WOW, I SERIOUSLY wish I could reach in and grab those right now!

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michelangelo in the kitchen said...

What an artful way of presenting your squash blossoms. They look irresistibly delicious! Marvelous pictures you take! Bravo!

Jamie said...

I am blown away by the beauty of your blog! And these squash treats are fabulous! I never see them made with the zucchini attached which makes these doubly special. And what a wonderful filling. Perfect!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I've always wanted to try battered courgette flowers, I have heard they're a speciality around the Cote d'Azur but unfortunately I have never come across them. I guess unless I start to grow my own courgettes I'll never find enough the flowers to make them like this. They look very impressive though.

aipi said...

I love the concept of fried blossoms. It has always fascinated me , you have presented it really well!

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shaz said...

Fantastic job! I often see the blossoms when in season but always thought trying to stuff them was too "fiddly". IThe results look very worth it, yum!