Crispy Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

You can’t see zucchini blossoms at the farmers market and not buy them. I think there must be some kind of law against it. And if there isn’t, there should be. Because zucchini blossoms are seriously one of the most amazing things to grace the tables at farmers markets this time of year. I mean seriously. Get yourself some. Pronto. Because you need to make these Crispy Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms.

Boy that is a mouthful. But a delicious mouthful. When Ryan said, is crispy really necessary? I thought yes, yes it is. Honestly,  I really didn’t want to call them anything else because, to me, reading that title just makes my mouth water. Crispy. Herbed. Goat. Cheese. Stuffed. Zucchini. Blossoms. Ohhhh come to mama.

I already professed my love for zucchini blossoms in this post for mozzarella stuffed fried zucchini blossoms where I explained that I first fell in love with them in Rome. It’s a love affair that has lingered for the last 6 years and it is rekindled every summer.

And yes, I am aware that there are in fact other ways to enjoy zucchini blossoms that don’t involve frying. In fact, I’ve enjoyed them in pastas. I’ve heard also they are good in quesadillas. But for me, when I finally get my hands on them in late July and August, the only thing I can think of is stuffing them and frying them.

I can’t not do it.

Usually I like to stuff them with mozzarella, because well, anything stuffed with mozzarella and fried is bound to be a winner in my book. But after trying them at Cactus, one of our absolute favorite local restaurants, that opted to stuff these delicate little flowers with the equally delicate  goat cheese, I couldn’t help myself and just had to try it at home.

Oh. My. Gosh.

The deliciousness is hard to handle friends. The flowers are stuffed with herbed goat cheese and coated in a very delicate batter and then fried to perfection.

And perfection it is. Cooked just long enough for the outside to be golden brown and the goat cheese to just start melting.

They are light, crispy, airy and cheesy.

Like I said, perfection

The Recipe

  • Makes 12
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Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces herbed goat cheese
  • 12 zucchini blossoms, rinsed, stamens removed
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup ice water
  • salt

Instructions:

  1. Gently place 1 teaspoon of goat cheese into the center of each blossom, being careful not to tear the petals.
  2. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Until it reaches 350 degrees or until a bit of batter dropped into it begins frying.
  3. While you are waiting for your oil to heat up, make your batter by whisking together flour and ice water until a smooth and thin batter forms.
  4. Once your oil is hot, carefully dredge the stuffed zucchini blossoms in the batter. Allow any excess to drip off and then fry until golden brown 1 - 2 minutes on each side. You may need to do this in batches so you don't over crowd the pan.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

  • Stephanie

    I grew up with fried zucchini blossoms, and as an adult I love making them myself! Stuffing them with an herbed cheese makes them so gooey and delicious! Next time I find some at the market, I will definitely try goat cheese, as I haven’t used it in the past.

  • http://addapinch.com Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    Oh my!!! I am so hungry for these NOW!!! What a great dish – I just have to make these soon!!!

  • http://asouthernfairytale.com rachel

    The only thing wrong with these is that there isn’t a plate of them in front of me right this second! Oh WOW

  • http://chezus.com Denise

    Hi Des,

    These look wonderful, and I am sure they are tasty as we have been enjoying a similar version at home. Love how light and fluffy they turn out, even if fried. I, also bake them into a quiche. Really tasty!

    Hope all is well.

  • http://www.noblepig.com Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    I have always wanted to make these but it seems I am never at the farmer’s market on the days they have them!

  • http://websushidesign.com/blog JB & Renee

    “You can’t see zucchini blossoms at the farmers market and not buy them.” So true! Zucchini blossoms have got to be some of the most beautiful, most enticing things ever. Great recipe. :)

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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