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Frittelle Fiori d’Zucca – Zucchini Blossom Fritters

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Frittelle Fiori d’Zucca
Zucchini Blossom Fritters
by James Belardo

Ah the summertime, the the sun, the heat, the blossoming of flowers, wait… are those zucchini blossoms? Mmmmmmm, zucchini blossoms. The wonderful delicate flavor of the blossoms whisper summer and memories of my grandmother. Since the blossoms are delicate and only available during the growing season so we really look forward to them every year, in fact.. it’s become an obsession! They’re also impossible to find in regular grocery stores and very rare to find in specialty stores, so if you see them pick up a pack or two. This is seasonal cooking at it’s finest because 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, other variations include stuffed blossoms with ricotta, Risotto (Risotto ai Fiori di Zucca), pizza (as a topping) and pasta of course!

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Ingredients
12-24 fresh zucchini blossoms (cut roughly)
Handful Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 – 1/3 cup vidalia onion (finely diced)
1 clove garlic (crushed, finely minced)
1 1/4 cups flour (Italian 00 preferred)
2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tbsp of salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Grape seed 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.

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

Directions
1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl, mix together
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2. Combine milk, egg, zucchini flowers, onions and garlic in a separate bowl and mix well.
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3. Mix all together together and mix until the batter is a good consistency.
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4. Heat 3 tbsp grape seed 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)
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5. Serve HOT! If there are leftover reheat in oven

Enjoy!

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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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