Don't Forget About Squash Blossoms!

Updated: Jun 23


The first time I tried squash blossoms was on the recommendation of a friend of mine and her father. They were both foodies for sure and knew about interesting recipes that even I had never tried. One of those foods was okra if you can believe it! The other was squash blossoms. That particular year, I had grown a huge garden. The zucchini plants quickly took over and beautiful yellow blossoms that reached for the sun came along with it. My friend came over one afternoon for some chit chat and coffee and I excitedly showed her my growing garden. When she saw the blossoms, she mentioned to me that I could eat them. I had no idea! There were so many! She told me her dad had the best recipe to cook these yellow flowers and had me call him for instructions. Her dad was just as excited about my bounty of squash blossoms! Needless to say, I was so happy to have this information and I couldn't wait to try this amazing find. That evening, I washed and cleaned these little flowers just as my friend's father had instructed. I then dipped them in a thin batter and fried them up! I was in LOVE! There are so many beautiful things that often times we don't even think about eating. There is so much variety for every taste and palate. So if you have grown squash this year, don't forget about the delicious squash blossoms!



These are photos of squash blossoms on a massive zucchini plant!



Stuffed and Baked Squash Blossoms Recipe


Ingredients:

  • As many squash blossoms as you can pick!

  • 1/2 c Part skim milk ricotta cheese

  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, shredded

  • 1 tbsp Fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 Egg

  • Salt and pepper

Instructions: You will want to clean the squash blossoms and remove the stem end and the stemen/pistil. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan cheese, egg, thyme and a dash of salt with some fresh ground pepper. Mix well. The egg acts as a binder here to keep the contents together inside the blossom. If you have removed the stem end, you will see that there is an opening on the end. This makes it easy to stuff! Go ahead and stuff the blossoms with about a 1/2 tbsp of the cheese mixture. More can be added if they are larger blossoms. Spray a sheet pan with spray oil and line the blossoms. Spray the top of the blossoms with the spray oil as well. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Let it stand for a couple minutes once they are done because the cheese will be very hot!

Enjoy as a side dish or even as a main!






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