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July 20, 2012

Fried Zucchini Flowers | Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette

When a man wants to fry food for you, don’t let him go.  He’s a keeper.  That being said, the French, who pride themselves on simple and healthy vegetable ridden dishes, can also come out of the woodworks with a fried vegetable dish that will blow your mind.  Who knew that zucchini had flowers and that these flowers are edible? Not moi.  But can we eat them raw? I’m not sure.  But can we eat them fried? Hell yes.  Be wary, this leaves you with a lot of extra batter, which sends you into a frying folly leaving you with fried tofu, and fried eggs for example.  Luckily I was straight out of Oreos; otherwise things would have gotten ugly in that kitchen.

Fried Zucchini Flowers | Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette

What you’ll need:

  • 15 zucchini flowers
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 egg (white and yolk separated)
  • 3/4 cup iced water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil
  • Frying oil (olive oil will work just fine)

Now what?

  1. Mix the flour, egg yolk and ice water in order to have a homogenous batter.  Add cut up basil and salt and pepper.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the whites until firm (with a pinch of salt.) Incorporate the egg whites into the batter and let it sit for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Cut the stem of the zucchini flours in order to remove the pistil of the flower.  It is not a bad idea to rinse the flowers in a little white vinegar and open them up in order to assure that there are no creepy crawly critters inside.
  4. Heat a decent amount of oil in a large covered skillet.  Dip the flowers in the batter until they are well covered and then proceed to frying them in the oil.
  5. Place them on a plate covered with a paper towel to drain excess oil and then serve!

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