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Mrs. Confreda's Stuffed Squash Flowers

Mrs. Confreda's Stuffed Squash Blossoms While This is not a replica of Mrs. Confreda's Recipe it is pretty dang close!

The Ingredients

  1. For tomato sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 1/2 pound plum tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  1. For squash blossoms:

  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta (preferably fresh)

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint

  • 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided

  • 12 to 16 large zucchini squash blossoms

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup chilled seltzer or club soda

  • About 3 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Make tomato sauce:

  2. Cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil in a 2-quarts heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, water, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare squash blossoms:

  4. Stir together ricotta, yolk, mint, 1/3 cup parmesan, and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

  5. Carefully open each blossom and fill with about 2 rounded teaspoon ricotta filling, gently twisting end of blossom to enclose filling. (You may have filling left over.)

  6. Whisk together flour, remaining 1/3 cup parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and seltzer in a small bowl.

  7. Heat 1/2 inch oil to 375°F in a 10-inch heavy skillet. Meanwhile, dip half of blossoms in batter to thinly coat. Fry coated blossoms, turning once, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain. Coat and fry remaining blossoms. (Return oil to 375°F between batches.) Season with salt. Serve with tomato sauce.

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