Squash Blossom Recipe — How To Make Fried Squash Blossoms
Fried squash blossoms are a delightful and delicious delicacy that celebrates summer’s bounty. These golden, crispy flowers feel so luxurious, yet they couldn’t be simpler to make. In this article, we will walk you through a detailed recipe for making your own scrumptious fried squash blossoms.
– 12 fresh squash blossoms, ideally picked in the morning
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup cold sparkling water
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
– Optional: ricotta or goat cheese for stuffing
1. Prepare the blossoms: Begin by gently washing the squash blossoms. Rinse each blossom carefully in cold water to remove any dirt and pat them dry with a paper towel. Next, remove the pistils (the fuzzy centers) and trim off any excess stem.
2. Optional: stuff the blossoms: If you’d like to level up your fried squash blossoms with a creamy stuffing, mix about a cup of ricotta or goat cheese with salt and pepper to taste. Using a teaspoon or piping bag, carefully fill the center of each cleaned blossom with a small amount of cheese.
3. Prepare the batter: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the sparkling water until you have a smooth batter with no lumps.
4. Heat the oil: Pour enough vegetable or canola oil into a heavy skillet or frying pan so that the oil reaches about an inch deep. Heat over medium-high heat until it reaches around 350°F (175°C). You can test the heat by adding a drop of batter; if it sizzles immediately and starts to turn golden brown within seconds, you’re ready to fry.
5. Fry the blossoms: Dip each squash blossom one by one into the batter, ensuring they are well coated. Let any excess batter drip off before carefully laying each blossom into the hot oil. Fry in small batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Each side should take about 2-3 minutes to turn golden brown and crispy.
6. Drain and serve: Once they’re beautifully golden, use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried squash blossoms onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt while they’re still hot.
Serve your delightful fried squash blossoms immediately while they’re warm and crispy. Enjoy them on their own or as a side dish – either way, you’ll love these delightful summer treats!