Fiori Di Zucca Ripieni ~ Filled Zucchini Flowers

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Introduction: Fiori Di Zucca Ripieni ~ Filled Zucchini Flowers

About: Mother, wife, passionate cook and baker, hobby photographer, living in Asia. I have a website http://www.pane-bistecca.com/rezepte-recipe-blog.html with international recipes. I am not perfect but perfect...

Childhood memories.... back to my first time eating Fiori di Zucca.

It was a hot summer in Italy, at my mothers family home. She cut the flowers of the zucchini plants in their garden and I was shocked. Now the plants will not be able to make zucchini. But my mother reassured me that we will eat something really special.

And special it was!

Since then I was trying to find the flowers, but in Asia they are almost nonexistent or so very expensive.

But now, on my holiday in Europe I found them on the market. I filled and baked them ... and it is no wonder, that there were no leftovers! My sister helped to get rid of them and we were wallowing in memories.

Step 1:

There are two different flowers, the female and the male. The female one has a little zucchini at the end of the flower, the male one doesn't. I used the male flower.

First you have to wash the flowers very carefully and remove the pointy pieces at the end of the flowers.

Step 2:

For the filling:
100 g Cream Cheese
100 g Ricotta
100 g Herb Cream Cheese
Pepper
Paprika
Chili
1 Egg
1/2 bunch Parsley
some Oregano
50 g grated Parmesan

mix all ingredients together and fill into a piping-bag.
Then pipe some of this into the flowers and fold the tips over to close the flower.

Step 3:

Put them into a greased ovenproof dish and bake at 180 C for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.

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    This can be done with the blossoms from pumpkins as well!

    I love love love! this! I am going to do this when I find the flowers! Thanks so much for sharing!
    sunshiine

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    I have always found these very difficult to do, but your photos have made them look easy...will try again.

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    Just organize yourself and it will be very easy!

    Pane,what's your job?If you don't mind telling.Your instructables,your website..everything is so fantastic,how did you find time to do it?:D

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    I am a housewife, handicraft teacher and cooking instructor.And my website is my big hobby!!

    Hi,Pane
    Can I have your email address?
    Best Regards
    Sarah

    Thanks,noteddddd.......because here in China,pumpkin flowers are easily available. :D

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    Oh you live in China too?? Where, if I may ask??

    :D,yes,I am a chinese,now working in guangzhou.Where do you live?

    I live in Hong Kong and I am not Chinese, but I love living in China!

    Hi,Pane,Can I substitue pumpkin flowers for zucchini flowers?They really look similar,but don't know if the flavors are the same.

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    Oh good question, I really have no idea... maybe someone knows this??

    I checked the net and they say YES, you can eat pumpkin flowers.

    have a look: http://goldcoastlocal.wordpress.com/can-you-eat-pumpkin-flowers-3/

    Looks yummy. Right now I'm being swamped with zucchini and so this might be a great remedy. So far I made choco chip zucchini muffins and today I made a simple zucchini side dish using two small yellow sliced ones cut diagonally and I placed it in a pan. I then added 2 large cloves of garlic diced cause I love garlic and a about a table spoon of butter. Then I added some oil what ever I had on hand and sprinkled freshly ground pepper on top. Then I sautéed it on medium high till I saw the garlic turn a bit golden. I then added some soy sauce to taste and I got this nice and yummy simple side dish with my dads barbequed lamb.

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    mmmmmm that sounds yummy too!

    or try: cut the zucchini into slices, turn them in egg-white and then in Parmesan and breadcrumbs, put them on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes.

    Thank you for putting up this recipe it brought back the flavors and smells that were at my Nona's house when I was younger. I thought I would never get to eat that since she died.

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    I hope you like them, every family has their own recipe for the filling.

    They look delicious!

    Do the flowers taste anything like the zucchini themselves?

    PS: zucchini are sometimes called "courgettes" - maybe the flowers are sold under that name in your area?

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    Hi Kiteman, they don't taste like zucchini at all, they're very delicate, but I don't know how to describe the taste. I love them filled, battered and then fried. :)