All those huge beautiful male squash blossoms go to waste on the plant. Only the female blossoms that already have a squash started on the base will develop into a squash. Summer or Winter, both are tasty treats if you think outside of the box.
Pick them either at night before they open or first thing in the morning. Picking them at night prevents surprise guests from your snack, like bees, spiders and other crawlies.
You can store unopened blossoms for several days if stored gently, I wrap in paper towel in a sandwich bag or plastic container.
My favorite recipes includes
- Goat cheese, sundried tomatoes & basil
- Feta, mint & pine nuts or olives
- Low fat spreadable herb cheese
- Ricotta, Parmesan, basil and sundried tomato
Pre-mix the cheese with minced additives
Closed Squash blossoms can be gently blown open to fill, check for critters, some prefer to snip the stamen before filling
Fill each blossom with a tablespoon of cheese, and close by running fingers up from the base of flower. you may fix ahead and cook later in the day
Preheat oven to 325, make a wash of egg or egg substitute , gently coat with your favorite breadcrumbs, we use gluten free. Spray a baking dish with Pam, bake 15-20 minutes.
Serve on a bed of field greens as an appetizer, or as the main ingredient of a salad
You can pan fry or deep fry. When calorie counting baking is best.