Stuffed Squash Blossoms: Need a better recipe

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Squash blossoms.
The stuffing: ricotta, mozarella, and pine nuts.
Breaded and stuffed squash blossoms.
Squash blossoms.Click To Enlarge

Squash blossoms.

Photo: Kate Geruntho Frank

I've been wanting to try cooking with squash blossoms for a while now, but parts of my veggie garden didn't do well this year (too much shade) and I didn't get enough squash blossoms to use for cooking.

So when Ruth told me she was overrun with male blossoms in her garden and willing to share the wealth, I excitedly took her up on her offer.

Note: Female blossoms turn into squash, so you won't want to pick too many. Watch this video to learn how to tell the males and females apart.

After looking at dozens of squash blossom recipes online (including some of our own, like Golden Squash Blossom Crema, Stewed Squash Blossoms, and Fried Squash Blossoms with Goat Cheese, and Crusty Griddle-Baked Quesadillas) I decided to stuff and fry mine as an appetizer.

First, I trimmed off the stems and gently pried the blossoms open to remove the stamens and insects.

Stuffed and breaded squash blossoms.
Stuffed, breaded and fried squash blossoms. Not what I had hoped for, but I'm not ready to give up on them.

Then I mixed up a stuffing of ricotta, mozarella, pine nuts, and a tiny pinch of salt.

Next, I tucked some of the stuffing mixture into each open blossom and twisted them shut.

Finally, I dredged the blossoms in egg and flour, and sauteed them in olive oil.

I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed by the flavor, especially considering how much I have heard people rave about stuffed squash blossoms.

For my second batch, I put a clove of garlic through a garlic press to flavor the oil, and that improved the flavor somewhat.

But my overall impression was that stuffing and frying them is a lot of work. I think the success of the recipe lies in having a really flavorful stuffing. I also think a dipping sauce like marinara or pesto might be delicious.

So now I'm wondering, do you have a favorite squash blossom recipe? It can be fried or cooked any way you prefer. I'm not quite ready to give up on this Italian delicacy!

Let me know in the comments below. Or even better, share your recipe in our community area.

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