Fried Squash Blossoms
For the last few years I’ve been wanting to try making fried squash blossoms, but I never got around to it. This year I finally did it, and they were delicious! I have been working on learning how to fry things better (a skill that my waistline really could do without), and I finally feel somewhat competent at it.
To make fried squash blossoms, you almost need to have a squash plant at your beck and call. You can sometimes find squash blossoms at a farmer’s market, but never in a regular store because their shelf life is one or two days at the most. When using blossoms from your own plant, the best time is at the beginning of the season because the plants generally produce too many male blossoms, which are dropped and then the plant blossoms in a more even mix of female and male blossoms. The male blossoms are the ones with thin stalks beneath them. Female blossoms have a thicker nub at the base of the blossom which will turn into the fruit.
So, pick your blossoms, gently wash them and remove the flower part inside (I can’t remember the right terms from 8th grade science class). I stuffed mine with goat cheese, which I highly recommend. Just take a bit of goat cheese and roll it between your thumb and forefinger so that it will hold together better in the blossom. Gently put the goat cheese in the blossom and they’re ready to fry.
Heat a small frying pan of oil (about 1/2″ to 1″ of oil is good), until it’s very hot. Beat an egg in a shallow bowl. Mix flour and salt and pepper in another shallow bowl. Dip the blossom in the egg and then dredge in the flour mixture and pop them into the pan. It doesn’t take long – just a mintue or two on each side. Remove and set on a plate with a paper towel on it. Some people like to serve them with marinara sauce, I served mine plain because they were so delicate I felt the sauce would overwhelm them. I also cut pieces of zuchinni and used the same egg and batter to fry them. They were reallly good too.
So if you have a squash plant or a farmer’s market, try this out – it won’t disappoint!