How to Stuff Squash Blossoms

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Stuffing squash blossoms is quite new to the American Diet. In European countries this is a gardener’s delight. Every morning, we would go out and pick the blossoms for lunch that day. My aunts would stuff these dainty flowers with rice or a cheese mixture. Baking is preferred, but many choose to fry them in a very light batter.

Where to buy squash blossoms:

  • Natural Food Stores
  • European Markets
  • Produce stands
  • Local Farmer’s Markets

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Clean the blossoms carefully to remove all the dirt and bugs. Set aside.
Mix your filling and set aside.

How-To Stuff

Carefully open each blossom and stuff with your favorite filling. (Rice, Quinoa, or Cheese).

Stuffing a squash blossom.

Lay in a baking dish and bake. Drizzle with olive oil and cover and bake for 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Remove from the oven and serve as is with a light dressing or splash of olive oil. Or serve on top of a lovely salad.

Other uses for the blossoms: Add to soups, chop into tomato sauces, toss in salads, add to pastas.

Recipe with Cheese:
8-10 squash blossoms, gently cleaned
4 ozs. goat cheese, small package
1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl combine the cheese and herbs.
Place blossoms on a pie plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover and place the dish in the center of the oven.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought

What a great combination. I usually stuff them with meat, so I am looking forward to trying this.

2 Laura @ Family Spice

Ooh, I wish you told me you were making these. I’ve always wanted to try them!

3 BarbaraNH

These are great! Just Saturday I saw some in the store, but didn’t get them because I wasn’t sure exactly how to make them.

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Barbara, it’s new for many, but they can be stuffed with a simple rice mixture, or just placed in a quiche or casserole too. Have fun with them!

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