July 19, 2010

Fried Zucchini Blossoms (Flowers)

For as long as I can remember, my father has always had an amazing garden. He is so talented at growing his garden and he is tireless.

Some of the vegetables my dad grows are zucchini and butternut squash.
These plants produce flowers or blossoms. Bright orangey-yellow in color.
Dad picks these flowers first thing in the morning when they are open.

After checking for little critters, he then stuffs them with cheese - provolone or pepper jack. I like it spicy!

Then, as if making chicken cutlets, he drops them in beaten eggs (you will need a lot!) and then bread crumbs. In hot oil, they take about a minute or two per side.
Labor intensive but absolutely delicious!

We freeze them and eat them all year long. This year, we made about 400.

I think that may be enough to tide us over until next summer :) What do you think?

45 comments:

the cape on the corner said...

yumzers! this looks deelish. i can't wait til i can have a veggie garden and grow some zucchini!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Wow, I had no idea the flowers were edible! Looks delish!

Mary Ellen

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this looks delicious!
What a wonderful post!
Hugs,
Cindy

Leslie said...

oh my, that looks delicious!

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Thirty-Six Ten said...

yum...

Adie said...

WOW! That is so cool. Can't go wrong with anything that involves frying and cheese!

Kristin said...

Thanks for this simple (if labor intensive) recipe! I had been hesitating to make them because I thought one needed to add beer. We have some fresh goat's cheese in the fridge... may be making these for lunch!

Merci beaucoup.

Holly said...

Seriously! OH MY! I wish I was there to try one...I have never heard of such a thing!

Life in Rehab said...

Hi Carmie,
I popped over here from your comment on Tattered and Inked's turquoise table make over. I saw that you had a Turquoise Party and came to investigate since it's my primary accent color right now. I'm sorry you discontinued the party, although I've had a ball looking through some of the projects and finds. I'll be back!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I have always wanted to try this! I've even seen some stuffed with cream cheese :)

Rene said...

Yum! I have always wanted to try these. Anything fried...count me in :)

-Rene

Kathleen said...

Amazing pictures!
I am so sorry to hear about your dear brother, my sympathy and prayers. I lost my sister when she was 26.
I know your heart aches for him, and yes it is hard to be strong for others. And grief is personal, there is no wrong or right way
My sister's son was hit by a car when he was 18, had just graduated from St Anthony's HS. They have never recovered.

Mary Ellen said...

Oh I have had these before and love them!! I had never thought about freezing them!! Great idea!!!

bee blessed
mary

Blue Creek Home said...

Who knew??? This really does look delicious!

Rhonda

Kate Morgan Jackson said...

I've always wanted to try these! They look delish. :)

alissa said...

WOW! 400? That's awesome! I've never made them before but I really like them! Yum!

Heidi said...

This is one thing I've never eaten, but I'd love to try them. Anything deep fried with cheese, well, of course they are going to be delicious!! Where do you live again? I'll be right over, take some out of the freezer!!
Thanks for linking up today, yum, my mouth is actually watering.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Thank you for you nice comment on my blog! I think your blog is great and these look very yummy!

Jessabells said...

Wow, I fry them up too but never think to put cheese in them. Sounds even more yummy that way.

Ann said...

Oh, fabulous! I love these my dad made these all the time. My zucchini plants pooped out, unfortunately, this year. Enjoy!

RenaeF said...

Yummy! My babysitter used to make us these when we were little. My mouth is watering...

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

You had me at "fried!" LOL! As I sit here with my bowl of healthy/boring oatmeal and raisins, I am absolutely craving a taste of these wonderful treats. I wonder how tempura batter would work for these? Man, now I'm hungry and NOT for oatmeal.

Helena said...

Mmm, sounds like you've got enough to share. You know you want to send some to me!

Thank you for participating in the Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

Julie Jabbers said...

Looks yummyish!

Great blog too! Stopping over from NFF. I will follow you:)

Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

Mmmmm! Those look AMAZING! I am book marking this for when we start getting our CSA veggies!

Following you from Green Follow Friday. Thanks for linking up!

Sue Sparks said...

Wow, who knew when I was growing zucchini that I was tossing away such a tasty part!?! These look delicious! THANKS!

Merideth said...

Wow that looks delicious! Don't be surprised if I show up for dinner! lol
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Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Visiting from Trendy Treehouse. Hello! Those look yummy!

Kindra said...

I never would of thought to eat the flowers! Actually sounds yummy!

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Jacqueline said...

My husband and I went to a cooking class in Italy and that is when we had these for the first time. They were absolutely delish and I was the one who stood at the fryer and cooked them all up. I never get enough blossoms to make my own, but love them. Glad you Flaunted it.

Maureen Makes It said...

Yum! Those look great.
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★All Thingz Related★ said...

I've never heard of this! Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Joani said...

The only reason I grow zucchini is for the blossoms.

Jerri said...

We've never eaten a lot of zucchini, but I love fried squash, so I'm sure I'd like this. Looks really good!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, I just came across you blog at My Romantic Home, Love it!
Everything is so pretty!
And, Yummy!
Have a good night!
Leticia

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful.
A girl after my own heart!
I never knew they would freeze well. Now we can have a taste of spring in Italy all year round.

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Kuzak's Closet said...

Wow! What a cool project! I love that you can freeze them are enjoy them all year. Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday! See you soon!

Its So Very Cheri said...

This is going on my favs list.

Cheri

Jen said...

Looks great! thanks for sharing!

Chef Dennis said...

what beautiful images of those gorgeous little blossoms....I do love them! Yout fried blossoms look delicious!! I actually made some zucchini blossom muffins!

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