How to Impress Guests with Squash

More
Thier_Sept_4_squashblossom_post.jpg

Photo by willsfca/Flickr CC


For the green dinner partyist, little known agricultural byproducts constitute some of the hippest things on the market. Garlic scapes are picked off the plant to increase bulb size, but a scape pesto can be the envy of all your friends.

Purslain might be a crawling weed to farmers, but it's ten dollars a bag at the farmer's market. Stinging nettles are excruciating in their natural state, but bake them on pizza and you are sure to yield the response, "I didn't know you could eat nettles!" to which you can smile knowingly, because you read Anastatia's post.

A squash blossom functions essentially as a naturally occurring dumpling wrapper.

A similar principle applies to one of the fanciest appetizers the home chef can feasibly manage: squash blossoms. A squash plant has two different kinds of flowers: male and female. The male provides pollen, the bee takes it to the female, and the female makes fruit.

A few male flowers, however, can provide more than enough pollen to pollinate an entire plant's worth of female blossoms (those cads), so from midsummer through fall, that leaves a farmer with a glut of harvestable male squash blossoms.

A squash blossom functions essentially as a naturally occurring dumpling wrapper. You can pick them at the stem from the plant, stuff them, and fry them. What you stuff them with varies, but I like to use half an anchovy, a dab of ricotta, and a little bit of parmesan. Some people use feta. Fry them in just enough olive oil, throw those bad boys on a rectangular plate and the ladies will swoon.

To be, as they say, "wicked" fancy, stitch the tip of the blossom together with thorns. To be less fancy, forget to take them out before you eat it.

Stuffed Squash Blossoms


For each male squash blossom you'll need:

    • A dab of ricotta
    • Half an anchovy
    • A pinch of parmesan

Fill the squash blossom with the ricotta, parmesan, and anchovy. Fry lightly in olive oil on each side, about 3 minutes each. Let cool a bit before serving.

For another way to make stuffed squash blossoms, click here for a recipe that uses feta and mint.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Dave Thier

David Thier is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Republic, AOLNews, Wired.com, IGN.com, and South Magazine.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In