Stuffed courgette flowers

Stuffed courgette flowers

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4

Though a little fiddly, stuffing courgette flowers with ricotta cream filling and serving with tomato dressing looks dazzling

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
434
protein
19g
carbs
22g
fat
30g
saturates
13g
fibre
2g
sugar
3g
salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 8 courgette flowers, with small courgette attached
  • sunflower oil, for frying

For the batter

  • 1 large egg
  • 100g plain flour
  • pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml iced water

For the filling

  • 250g tub ricotta
  • 150g block soft goat's cheese
  • zest 1 lemon
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • small handful mint leaves, chopped

For the dressing

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, deseeded and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • small handful mint leaves, finely chopped

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Method

  1. To make the batter, whisk the egg, flour and bicarb together in a wide bowl. Gradually pour in the iced water, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth batter the consistency of double cream. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat all the filling ingredients together with some seasoning until well mixed. To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients in a third bowl with some seasoning and set aside.
  3. Gently open up each flower and remove the stamen if there is one. Place spoonfuls of filling inside. Close the flower, twisting the ends of the petals to seal. Heat a deep-fryer to 180C. (If you don’t have a deep-fryer, see right.) Working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, dip the flowers in the batter and fry for 2 mins, then use a slotted spoon to carefully flip them and fry for another 2 mins until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and leave in a warm place while you fry the rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and serve 2 flowers on each plate with a circle of dressing around the outside of the plate.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2012

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lindamp's picture
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The courgette flowers are very tasty but the amount of cheese called for is way too much . I now have about 3/4 of it left over. But it will be good I think in other stuffed vegetables: peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, cabbage?

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This is a very tasty recipe. However the amount of cheeses called for is way too much; it could fill about 25 flowers. Must now find something to do with all that cheese. Stuffed peppers? Tomatoes? Cabbage? Mushrooms?

lindamp's picture
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While very tasty, the amount of goat's cheese and ricotta called for was enough to fill about 25 courgette flowers. I have loads left over. Must now think of other vegetables to stuff. Maybe red peppers or tomatoes or cabbage or mushrooms?

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