jueves, 29 de octubre de 2009

Deep Fried Squash Blossoms: a spontaneous breakfast

I got out to the garden early this morning and was beckoned by bright orange squash blossoms! They said " Eat us!" and so I endeavored to do just that.
  • First I picked 6 of the blooming beauties, all male blossoms, leaving several on the vine for pollination.
  • Rinse and remove stem, stamen, and any lurking insects.
  • Prepare filling: I chopped onion, garlic, tomato, chili pepper, cilantro, and baby spinach. and grated 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, plus a dash of salt and pepper.

  • Mix filling ingredients together (I chose to sautee the garlic and onion first, eliciting their ultimate flavor potential, which was brilliant as the cheese got nice and melty)
  • Gently stuff the awaiting squash blossoms full. I read that you should twist the petals to close the flower up, but they didn't stay shut for me.

  • Dip and roll each blossom into first, a slightly beaten egg; second, a mixture of 1/4 cup flour with 1/2 cup cornmeal + 1 tsp salt
  • Fry baby fry! (did i say this was healthy?) Allow all sides to become a crispy golden brown.
  • Optional scrambling of leftover egg--I added one more to make the meal complete.
    Welcome to yum city! A hearty farm fresh breakfast to kick off the day!

5 comentarios:

Live Simply Love Strongly dijo...

Looks so good! I wanted to try that last summer but I never got around to it. Now I will have to try it this summer for sure.

Also, I wanted to ask you, do you know how I can get tildes for Spanish on my laptop? I have done it before on a full keyboard using the number pad and alt codes? but that doesn't work on my laptop...don't know if it's any different on blogger either?

Dan R-M dijo...

Wow! Our mouths are all watering here. Squash blossoms in October...
Btw, is it that humid there, or does your lens need cleaning? :)

Liz dijo...

For espanol, you have to install the spanish language as an input language. I got the scoop from my favorite IT guy:
1. Go to start, then "control panels", then "date, time, language and regional options"

2. Click on "Add other languages" (the third green arrow from the top)

3. This will bring up another screen where you can click on the "details" button.

4. On this screen, click the "Add" button.

5. Scroll down and select the spanish language and click the "Apply" button to make the addition effective

6. once installed you will see the current input language on the bottom right of your screen (tool tray). Use the "shift" and "alt" keys at the same time to toggle between the two languages.

7. Once in the spanish language, the colon key is the ñ.
Hope this works!

and Dan,
how embarassing!! Yes, smudged lens :0 Currently wiped clean, thx

persephone dijo...

This is hilarious and slightly scary, but my mom gave me an exact set of those plates/bowls your fried squash blossoms are on! I had to check my cabinets to make sure they hadn't made a journey to Nicaragua. Wouldn't blame them though, better climate :)

Liz dijo...

Pers, we inherited those dishes so who knows....have you ever read Tom Robbins' Skinny Legs & All?