Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Courgettes, Herbs & Cheese

There's a lot to love about summer - sunshine, warmth, sandals and shorts, but most of all, the produce.  All the best stuff comes in the summer and right now in the UK you've got'em berries, cherries, lettuce and cucumbers.  In Italy it's currently the season for squash blossoms.
My sister loves her squash blossoms.  They're gorgeous, aren't they?  They're very delicate as well - I may have overstuffed them so the filling was overpowering.  Just one tbsp of the filling should suffice.

This is a recipe from an Italian magazine, Sale e Pepe.  They're quite cheesy and rich but very yummy.  You may consider shredding the courgettes instead of dicing them, or you may even consider frying everything so that it's all cooked before stuffing them.  You may experiment with the mixture of cheeses and herbs and well just go crazy with this.  Oh and lemon zest would do nicely here.
I have to say though, maybe I'm just homesick, as much as I love Italian summer produce, I miss those beautiful Scottish berries *sigh*

Recipe adapted from Sale e Pepe
Serves 8 as a side
20 squash blossom
4 medium courgettes
60g cream cheese
20g goat cheese
40g parmesan, grated
a large handful of mixed herbs (I used basil, sage and thyme)
2 eggs
1 medium potato

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Put the potato in cold water and boil until tender.

Dice the courgette and put in a large bowl.  Finely chop the herbs and add that into the bowl along with the cheeses.  Crumble the cheeses and mix everything together.  Mash the potato and add that in as well along with the eggs. Season to taste. 

Gently rinse the squash blossoms and carefully stuff in about 1 tbsp of the mixture.  Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 20 minutes.


  1. This is something that I would really like to try. However, squash blossoms are not very common in the market here. :( Maybe one day.

    1. oh such a shame! where do you live? Maybe in some specialized markets?

  2. Hi Maria!
    Since I learned of your blog, I have been following it faithfully :) Lukas is now 7 and showing interest in cooking (he was 4 weeks when we left Beijing!)... and wants to one day compete on the Junior Master Chef TV thing. :) Anyway, we are browsing and saving your recipes.. used to have a PDF converter which made things very nice and is no longer there .. any ideas if it's coming back?
    Keep up the awesome work! So proud of you!
    Pst. Rick

    1. thank you thank you thank you! How's Fifi doing? I'm so happy to hear about Lukas! I wish him all the best! Ahh I'll look into how to get that back!

  3. Lukas is Great! Growing like a weed.. awesome little guy! Fifi's become an awesome educator and is working on training local teachers here in Indonesia. :) How are your studies? Dean's List I'm guessing! Blessings, Pst. Rick


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