September 6, 2008

Fiori di zucca

Zucchini flowers are not just pretty. They are so incredibly pretty that some Italian thought we should eat them. And he or she was totally right: these flowers are gorgeous and edible! And their flavor is awesome. Since Italians love fried food, one of the best ways to eat zucchini flowers is by sautéing them in a generous quantity of oil. You can use an egg-based batter, but I think they get even crispier when using only flour!

Zucchini flowers (3 or 4 per person is a good number)
Coarse salt
Olive oil (about ½ cup for 12 flowers)

Wash the flowers and without drying them put the flowers directly into the flour. Roll to coat. In a frying pan with the olive oil, sauté the flowers in batches, 3 or 4 at a time. Fry for about 1 minute or until golden. Let them dry over paper towels and sprinkle with salt.

Posted by Daziano at 8:28 PM |  


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