Thursday, March 29, 2012

fried pumkin blossoms

Here is a variation on my fried zucchini flowers, Pumpkin vines have large, yellow flowers that are 4 to 5 inches in diameter. The pumpkin vine like the zucchini vine has separate male and female flowers. The pumkin only forms at the base of the female flower.

The pumpkin is technically a fruit that belongs to the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers

what you need
24 pumpkin blossoms
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or corn meal)
3-4 tablespoons light cooking olive oil
dash salt as desired
fresh cracked black pepper to taste

what to do
Cut pumpkin blossoms off where the pumpkin starts.

Take the center out (stamen) as this is quiet bitter and wash well.

Make a batter of the milk, eggs, salt and pepper.

Dip the blossoms in the wheat or cornflour then in the blossoms in the batter and deep fry at 180 degrees until light golden brown.

Serve hot, these are also great filled with ricotta or goats cheese, or even a cheese risotto filling

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