Monday, August 25, 2014

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

The farmers market featured these bright blossoms that I could not resist.
We stuffed them, baked them, ate them! They were accompanied by some lightly sauteed baby heirloom tomatoes, drizzled with reduced balsamic, and fresh basil.

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
10-12 zucchini blossoms, washed
5 ounces goat cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
2 teaspoons shallot, fined chopped
2 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoon olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
a few flakes of red chili pepper (optional)
freshly ground pepper and salt, if needed

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line a baking sheet with foil and grease olive oil.

In a medium bowl, mix the goat cheese, Parmesan, shallot, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper until well combined.

Spoon or pipe about 1-2 Tablespoons of cheese mixture into base of each blossom. Twist the tops and tuck under. Place on greased baking sheet.

Bake about 10-12 minutes. Lift each blossom with a spatula and transfer to serving dish.
Note: for garnish or salad, quickly saute tomatoes in a little olive oil, top with a drizzle of reduced balsamic and basil leaves.

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