Pille from Nami-Nami is our lovely host for this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and I'll be revisiting a favourite ingredient - Zucchini Flowers
These are male zucchini flowers as they have a stem rather than a baby zucchini attached to the flower.
For those that grow zucchini I have read that picking the flowers will not affect the crop size so you can pick the female flowers without sacrificing a full sized zucchini - the plant will just keep producing flowers.
From experience I have found that female flowers are much easier to stuff than males - the flower is more elastic whereas the male is rather tight and tends to rip unless you are extremely careful.
Male flowers tend to be used in dishes such as the one I will be making - a Frittata.
Zucchini Flower Frittata
Male Zucchini Flowers
2 eggs, whisked lightly with a little salt and pepper
1 red onion, finely sliced
I've discarded the stem and stamen from the flowers and have just used the flower itself in this recipe.
Place a little oil and butter in a skillet over a medium heat and when the butter has melted add the onions and sauté until softened and coloured.
Add the prepared flowers along with a little more butter and toss through, allowing them to soften slightly before adding the beaten eggs.
When the base has coloured and the top is almost dry you could place it until a grill to finish. Has I only have a cook top, I had to flip it over in the pan to complete the cooking.
When both sides are browned, slide it out onto a serving dish and enjoy.
I decided to do one more thing and serve it up as I've seen it done here, as a filling for panini
Believe me, it tasted even better than it looked!
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