Ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers

Ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
4-6

During summer and autumn, zucchini flowers are sometimes sold in greengrocers. Occasionally, you may see tiny zucchini with the fresh flowers still attached. Either is delicious stuffed with this simple ricotta and herb mixture, dipped in a light batter and fried until golden and just tender.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 zucchini flowers
or 500g baby zucchini with flowers still attached
250g fresh ricotta cheese
a grating of nutmeg
1 bunch chives, snipped
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper
light olive oil, for frying

Batter

Quantity Ingredient
2 eggs
75g plain flour
125ml soda water or water, with ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda added, (more water may be necessary)

Method

  1. Begin by making the batter. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl, whisk in the flour with a fork and add the water to make a smooth consistency. The batter should not be too thick; any excess should drain off the flowers quickly. Set aside.
  2. Wash the flowers or zucchini gently and dry well with a kitchen cloth. In a small bowl mix the ricotta with the nutmeg, chives, egg, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Carefully open the flowers and spoon the ricotta filling into each. Squeeze gently in the palm of the hand to enclose filling thoroughly.
  3. To cook, heat 5–6 cm of light olive oil in a pan or wok, dip the flowers into the batter, draining off any excess, and fry a few at a time until golden brown. Drain on paper towels then serve immediately.
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