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Crispy Zucchini or Pumpkin Blossoms

Crispy Zucchini or Pumpkin Blossoms

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Domenica

My Italian grandmother makes these every year when the zucchini in her garden start to blossom. She is Sicilian and calls them 'cripelli.' It's sort of like a fritter and so yummy. As an alternative, you could also chop up the blossoms and mix them up in the batter and drop by teaspoons into the hot oil.

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  • Calories:
  • 180 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 13.3 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 109 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, basil and Parmesan cheese. Mix in water and eggs until smooth.
  2. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, dip blossoms in the batter to coat, and gently place a few at a time into the hot oil. Fry on each side until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels.
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Reviews

Lara
61
7/11/2006

I have been eating Pumpkins Blossoms since I was a kids some 40 years ago. I am not from Italy and have no idea where this originated. I use flour and cornmeal (2 to 1) and season it with garlic, red pepper, salt dip them in egg and mile first and fry them in Butter flavored crisco. i general pick blossoms every morning, rinse and store on a plate with a paper towel in layers in the frigerator for a few days till i get enough for a mess. Also, cook only half done and put them in the freezer, then in the winter you can put them in the oven till crisp and you can enjoy them all season.

CYNDO
49
12/19/2005

This was absolutely delicious! Great simple flavor, a great starter. (I needed to adjust the recipe since I only had 8 blossoms and I found that I needed to add 2 teaspoons of water to the automatically converted amount to make the batter the right consistency.) This would be a good fritter dough if it's not blossom season. This is a great way to use up all the male blossoms on your zucchini plant. YUM! (Both female and male blossoms grow on a zucchini plant. The fruit grows from the female blossom and the male is fruitless, which makes it ideal for cooking with.)

Robbie
44
8/11/2005

I'm also from an italian family and grew up with this great recipe. Also told not to use the males. They're the ones with the zucchini growing from them. The female flowers will only have a stem. Good recipe.