Stuffed courgette flowers with olive dressing

Stuffed courgette flowers with olive dressing

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4 - 6
Crisp courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella - a seasonal summer favourite!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal555
  • fat36g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.16g
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  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g cornflour
  • 200ml cold sparkling water
  • 2 x 150g balls mozzarella
  • 12 courgette flowers
    Courgette flower

    Courgette flower

    korr-shgett fl-ow-er

    The edible flower of the courgette, or zucchini bush. There are two sorts of flower: the flower…

  • sunflower oil, for deep frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

For the dressing

  • small handful of good green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, deseeded and diced



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • small bunch basil, thinly sliced



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. For the dressing, combine the olives, tomatoes and vinegar with seasoning and enough of the oil to bind. Set aside, then add the basil just before serving.

  2. Sieve the flours with a pinch of salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the water and stir to combine. Do not overbeat the mixture – it should be just combined and can have a few lumps.

  3. Drain and pat the mozzarella balls dry, tear into small pieces, then season. To stuff the flowers, open the petals, pop in some mozzarella, then gently twist the petals to re-seal them.

  4. Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan until a cube of bread browns in 20 secs. Drop the flowers into the batter, then remove, shaking off excess. Fry in batches of 2 or 3 until lightly golden, drain on kitchen paper and season with a little salt. Keep warm in a low oven as you cook the rest. Pile onto a platter and drizzle with the dressing.

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Aga girl
23rd Jul, 2016
These are absolutely delicious and showcased my home produce perfectly. Try using female flowers attached to a baby courgette for the most taste. I used beer instead of fizzy water for the batter and tossed the mozzarella in some dill and parsley for extra flavours. No basil so used parsley as the herb in the dressing. If you are facing a glut of courgettes make these for an elegant starter or light meal. Yummy :-)
14th Sep, 2015
So disappointed - made this for the first time this evening and although the batter was perfectly crispy, the stuffed courgette flower was completely bland and flavourless. Wouldn't bother making this again - too much effort for very little flavour.
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