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Sunday, August 09, 2009

flower power


Without a doubt I love squash blossoms! Squash blossoms rank right up there with some of the finest delicacies available.

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I made a typical Mexican version of squash blossoms or 'flor de calabaza' in a quesadilla. While I used fresh flowers they are also popularly sold in cans and jars along with cuitlacoche or huitlacoche which is corn smut or the dark fungus that grows on ears of corn. There are a variety of recipes besides quesadillas, there are soups and tamales and pupusas. Squash flowers are very popular in Mexican cuisine.



This time around its fiori de zucca or zucchini flowers in Italian. The common approach is a little stuffing of cheese and a little egg and flower coating before frying - this is the dish I love the most!



Provolone, asiago, fontina, ricotta and parmesan cheese formed the stuffing and a tomato, some garlic, some basil, some honey and a little tomato paste made the sauce - seasoned flour and egg formed the crust. Fry until golden and serve immediately.



Have them one at time if you like.



Or two.

62 comments:

buffalodick said...

Stuffed zucchini blossoms sounds great!

Pavithra said...

Oh I too love this and the platter looks like a gourmet. Wow u get the flower in cans fantastic. Awesome stuffing too..

Cucinista said...

Flower power for sure. Blossomtastic. Yum!

Melody said...

Now that's what I am talking about! Looks wonderful!

Pooja said...

Ooohh that sounds great! Stuffed n fried...hmm..irresistible!

Dawn said...

dog where is the shot of what it looks like on the inside? what a tease you are!

Jenn said...

Ooo...I love it with the sauce. You've just given me an idea. I need to find me some zucchini blossoms.

~Dana said...

Delicious and good for you... what a treat!

Marta said...

I've never been able to find these anywhere in Canada, such a pity because I adore them as well!

doggybloggy said...

buff: these are so good I wish I could get them all the time

pavithra: they come in cans from mexico

cucinista: you are a 'budding' genius...

melody: you and me both!

pooja: stuffed and fried is hard to resist

dawn: there's a trouble maker in every bunch - I forgot!

jenn: whats your idea - I cant wait to see...

dana: well said!

marta: sneak into a pumpkin farm....

Kim McDougal, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet said...

That looks so delicious! I'm passing this on also to my friend Kassie cause she loves zucchini! Oh BTW, I finally got the right look for my blog so when you have a sec, slip over and see what I did! :D

burpandslurp said...

I want all of them at once, my mouth is watering!
And I had no idea they sold them in cans, too!

Kim McDougal, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet said...

Sorry about my comments thingie not working but I turned off the moderation so hopefully you won't have anymore trouble! Just in case... my email address is ordinaryrecipesmadegourmet@yahoo.com. I hope you were the only one that had that prob!

Kim

Jill said...

What other delicacies are you comparing them to?

Zoe said...

I love this way of preparing zucchini blossoms!

girlichef said...

Awesome delicious!!! And hubby & I were just talking about finding some huitlacoche!! Seriously, I didn't know you could get it in a can...must look!

doggybloggy said...

kim: I like the pass - pass away

jill: summer crab, morel mushrooms - things like that -

zoe: me too!

girli: cans and bottles - follow the links..mexgrocer...and go from there

Patty Gironda said...

haven't tried these with Mexican flavors.

The best blossoms I've tasted were in Tuscany!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Now this is something new to me - squash blossoms in a can. I guess you don't have to wait until summer now to enjoy these.

Diana H said...

I would hate to pick my blossoms because I'd miss out on some squash. I do think about planting extra though. Is the texture of the blossom in the can the same as fresh picked?

Danielle said...

ooooh my goodness! Will you get a loot at those! Personally, I think just about anything is best when fried :)

Pam said...

I have never had a zucchini blossom before - these look amazing. I really need to try them soon.

Beth said...

ok, country bumpkin that I am, I've never had these, but they look really relly good.....esp. with all that cheese in there.

nora@ffr said...

this is a great post. m loving this flower power!! perfect stuffing doggyy!! keep it up!!
cheers!!

Bellini Valli said...

I have been trying to convince our local farmers all season to bring zucchini flowers to the market. No luck so far...so I need to convince my friends to plant an overabundance of zucchini. I had no idea they came in cans, like grape leaves this would be a good alternative to fresh.

Spin said...

Never had them,,,,They look yummy!
BTW I'm showing you the money!
Hope you're not disappointed.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Exquisite! I've only had blossoms in restaurants.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

My mouth is watering right now! It seems we were both thinking of stuffed squash blossoms around the same time! I'll have to make a tomato sauce the next time I cook squash blossoms. Thanks for the idea!

Micky-T said...

I think as kids we tried dandylion flowers.

TavoLini said...

So pretty--I've still never tried this dish. How are the canned ones? You can still deep fry them? Seems like they would be slimy.

Katherine Aucoin said...

they all sound and look wonderful to me and yet I've never had a squash blossom.

Jill said...

maybe three...i don't have much self control

Reeni♥ said...

All those cheeses sound heavenly together!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...that's what God eats for dinner...

Stacey Snacks said...

This is my request for my last dying meal. (I'm not going anywhere, don't worry!).

snugs said...

I can't get past the honey in the sauce, how come I never thought of that??!!

Cynthia said...

One of these good days I hope to be able to try blossoms!

Marjie said...

One of these days I may try them. Probably not while all of the fussbudgets are still here to grumble about flowers in the food. I can only take so much noise before I offer to whack people with my cane.

lisaiscooking said...

I can't decide which I'd like first the quesadillas or the Italian fried blossoms.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful squash blossoms. They are very popular in France as well.
Sam

biz319 said...

I had no idea you could buy zucchini blossoms in a can!

My husband remembers eating his grandmas stuffed zucchini flowers in Italy - thanks for the idea!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Two, definitely two at a time, please!

The Italian version is the one I'm familiar with, the one my grandma made, the Mexican version(s) were previously unknown to me, so thanks for the education. They sound really yummy too, especially with the huitlacohe ... which I quite enjoy.

Chef Fresco said...

Zucchini blossoms?! Never even heard of them! But stuffed & fried - you sure can't beat that!

Juliana said...

Zucchini blossoms, never had those, Lately I've seen so many blogs using it...look so yummie. Love the way you put it: Flower power :-)

girlichef said...

ps...I have an award for you over at my place! :D

Stacey Snacks said...

Hi, I can't seem to get thru email, it comes back as spam....did u go to the foodbuzz dinner in my place last nt?
I requested that they contact u.
why can't I email you anymore?

oneshotbeyond said...

oh wow....totally looking amazing right now! Cute title for this post too. :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

I have no idea what squash blossoms are!

urban vegan said...

Fabulous post!

Miranda said...

Wow...I am sending this to my mother.
She has a garden full of zucchini and I have been on her case to use the blossoms. This looks incredible.

Thanks.

Selba said...

Wow! this is so new to me! Very interesting! I would love to try!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Not sure if I have had zucchini blossoms but they sure do sound delicious!!!

Laurie said...

Oh, I have missed you! I love squash blossoms and every day I walk by my garden and torture over whether to eat the blossoms or wait for squash.

You've tipped the balance...

Your roadtrip to Woodstock sounded fun. You would love Maine.

the ungourmet said...

I had no idea you could buy these in a can! Wow!

Parita said...

Havent used pumpkin flower, sounds grt with fried and stuffed!

Jeff said...

I use to only grow squash for the sole purpose of flowers to deep fry.

Going to have to search for the canned stuff now.

Leela said...

Looks like you've been eating well while I was away from the computer for several days. :) These look so beautiful. I've always wanted to make zucchini blossoms, but they're so hard to find.

foodcreate said...

Delicious ! ! !

The Globetrotter said...

Wow, these look beautiful and sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

It was so nice to meet you on Monday :) take care

Jamie said...

Talk about food porn! Amazing! Deep-fried zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese is heaven! And add that tomato sauce and it is beyond that. Fabulous!

Angie's Recipes said...

The stuffed zucchini blossoms look fantastic!

Angie's Recipes

pigpigscorner said...

I'm dying to try these flowers now.

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