Monday, August 11, 2008

Zucchini Blossoms Redux

It took a few weeks, but I did finally find some more zucchini blossoms at the green market. Only these were male flowers, which are on stalks and do not have baby zucchini growing out of them like the females do. I didn't know about that difference before.

Because of that, there were more blossoms in this bunch than the female bunch I bought previously. The flowers seemed bigger and sturdier this time, but that might be because it was a little later in the season than due to any difference between male and female. If I were going to stuff them with anything, these were the perfect shape and size for it but, as I mentioned in my previous post, I thought the flavor of the cheese stuffing overpowered the blossoms and I was not particularly impressed with it.

I decided to use the same recipe/method this time as I did the first time. Here you can see the blossoms with their flour and baking powder coating, waiting to go into the skillet:And here they are in the skillet:
I had to cook these in batches, and I cooked the first batch a little longer than I would have liked - you can see which ones those are in the top photo. Luckily, they were not burned beyond all recognition, but the ones form the second batch came out pret' near perfect.

Which ones did I like more? Well, that's a tough one. The female blossoms had a more subtle flavor that was punched up by the little bit of zucchini that was attached to it. The male blossoms seemed a little sweeter to me, and had a more concentrated zucchini flavor.

But I would happily take either one if it were offered to me. I might even steal one from your plate even if it weren't offered to me.

I'm not going to repost the recipe. You can find it here if you want to give these a try.

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