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Deep fried zucchini flowers

courgette flowerWe were served these delicate, deep fried zucchini flowers at Hotel Ortensia on the little island of Ponza, Itay. Our deep fried zucchini flowers were served alongside some deep fried calamare and each flower and calamare was coated in a very light batter which included Parmesan cheese.  This addition gave a little something extra to the overall flavour experience.

Ingredients for deep fried zucchini flowers: Serves up to 4

  • 12 courgette flowers, trimmed

For the batter

  • 350 g Tipo 00 flour (Swandown cake flour is an excellent substitute)
  • 400 ml cold water
  • A large pinch of salt
  • 1 level tablespoon oregano
  • 1 level tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

deep fried zucchini flowers

  1. Mix together the flour, water and salt.
  2. Add enough water to get a consistency of single cream.
  3. Leave to rest for an hour in the fridge.
  4. Dip the flowers in the batter and deep fry until they are lightly browned.
  5. Drain on kitchen paper, season with salt and serve immediately.

Published by thebigdreamfactory

My name is Susie Evans-Ardovini and I created The Big Dream Factory. I was born in the UK and have been a chef and restauranteur for over 30 years. During this time I have also lived in France and Italy where I visited many beautiful places and met many wonderful people. I am particularly impressed with the Italian way of life and their approach to food. Many families work extremely hard to grow and produce their own salumi, cheese, wine and olive oil which means that they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, most of which has been handed down through countless generations. It is no different in the kitchen. Nearly all foods served at an Italian table have been gathered from someones garden or field, and is then served alongside homemade, pasta, gnocchi, and countless dishes that could not be recounted in this tiny space since each family's knowledge is unique ... well, you can only imagine. I have walked Rome, climbed to the top of the Vatican, seen Milan, Venice, the Cinque Terre, climbed mountains, walked The Path of the Gods, wandered the great city of Napoli, lived on the little Island of Ponza and gathered a pile of friends, family and photographs as well as invalueable experience along the way. I became a new immigrant to the U.S.A on December 15th, 2013. With the support of many great friends and a passion (bordering on obsession), I am here in search of the American Dream and to bring you the natural flavours and vibrant colours of Italy. All my pasta, gnocchi and biscotti are made by hand just as I saw Italians do in homes and good restaurants all over Italy, every day and sometimes, twice a day. I hope you enjoy my creations and invite you to share your comments, photographs and recipes with me on Facebook or Twitter. In return I of course, will share beautiful Italy with you.

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