Fried Zucchini Flowers

Fried Zucchini Flowers

Ingredients :

400 g

100 g

1/2 teaspoon

200 ml

1 - 2 tablespoons

very fresh zucchini/courgette flowers

plain flour


extra virgin olive oil

cold water

Method :
  1. Remove the pistil (the bright yellow center) and calyx (the green leaflets at the base) from each flower.

  2. Wash quickly and gently pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, make a well in the center, and add the salt and 1 tablespoon each of oil and water.

  4. Gradually mix into the flour, adding enough extra water to make a batter with a thick pouring consistency that will cling to the flowers.

  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet until very hot.

  6. Dip 4-6 flowers in the batter and fry until golden brown on both sides.

  7. Drain on paper towels.

  8. Fry all the flowers in the same way.

  9. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Preparation        : 15 minutes

Cooking             : 25 minutes

Recipe grading    : fairly easy

Suggested wine  : a dry white (Elba Bianco)

Replace the water with the same quantity of beer. The batter will be much crisper, with its own special taste.

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