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Zucchini Blossom Fritters (Frittelle Fiori d’Zucca)

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#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio

Zucchini Blossom Fritters
Frittelle Fiori d’Zucca
by James Belardo

Ah, the summertime, the sun, the heat, the flowers blooming…  wait… are those zucchini blossoms? Mmmmmmm, zucchini blossoms. The delicate flavor of the blossoms whisper to me and reminding me about my childhood summers and conjure up memories of my grandmother.

Since the blossoms are delicate and only available seasonally, we make it a point to take advantage and grab ’em every chance we get. To tell you the truth, it’s become an obsession especially when they’re almost impossible to find in regular grocery stores and are rare to find in specialty stores. Bottom line, if you see them. pick up a pack or two.

This is seasonal cooking at it’s finest, if you miss the window of opportunity, you miss it. This recipe for fritters is one of the most common ways to use the blossoms, but other variations include stuffed blossoms with ricotta, Risotto (Risotto ai Fiori di Zucca), pizza (as a topping) and pasta of course!

#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - ingredients

12-24 fresh zucchini blossoms, roughly cut
Flat leaf parsley
1 cup milk
hamdful Pecorino Romano Cheese – optional
1 egg
1/4 – 1/3 cup onion (finely diced)
1 clove garlic (crushed, finely minced)
1 1/4 cups flour (Italian 00 preferred)
2 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Avocado oil (high temp)
olive oil

Preparing and Cleaning Zucchini flower blossoms
Remove stems, receptacle (base), spiny ‘sepals’ and pistils leaving only the petals.
The best way to clean the delicate zucchini flower blossoms are to dip them into a bowl of water and then let them dry on paper towels. < You may NOT need to do this

*For plain or stuffed zucchini blossoms, remove the spiny ‘sepals’ from the base of the zucchini blossoms as well as the pistils.

1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl, mix together
#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - 00 flour baking powder s&p #Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - 00 flour baking powder s&p

2. Combine milk, egg, zucchini flowers, onions, garlic, salt, pepper and optional pecorino cheese in a separate bowl and mix well.
#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - mix milk eggs onions garlic parsley #Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - then zucchini flowers

3. Mix all together together and mix until the batter is a good consistency.
#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - add flour mixture #Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - all ready to fry

4. Heat 3 tbsp avocado oil and 2 tbsp olive oil on medium high and then drop batter into hot oil using a spoon. Adjust to the size of fritters you like. Fry until golden brown and place on some paper towels to drain excess oil. (add oil as needed)
#Homemade #FrittelleFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - sei fritto

5. Serve HOT! If there are leftover reheat in oven


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Written by Zio James

August 17, 2015 at 4:22 PM

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  1. […] bloom… Those flowers look so good, I could just eat ’em. HEY! Wait a minute…  Click here for the recipe for Zucchini Blossom […]

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