Fried Zucchini Flowers with Buffalo Ricotta: Fiori di Zucca Fritte con Ricotta di Bufala e Pomodori

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh buffalo ricotta (cow's milk is an acceptable substitute)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 zucchini flowers, stamens removed
  • 1 pound fresh golden tomatoes, roughly chopped, or golden cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 leaves basil
  • 8 leaves opal basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, scallion, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Using a small teaspoon, stuff each blossom with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the filling and set aside.

In a medium bowl, place the tomatoes and toss with the 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil and salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.

In a 10 to 12-inch saute pan, heat the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil over high heat until smoking. Place 4 flowers at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Arrange 3 blossoms on each plate, pile some of the dressed tomatoes in the center of each plate, tear the basil leaves over the plates, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.


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