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Squash Recipes Following our SQUASH ME Event

Squash blossom quesidilla

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Ingredients:

Flores de Calabaza (squash blossoms)

Oaxaca cheese, shredded

Corn tortillas

Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, stemmed, and cut into ½-inch strips (optional)

Basil leaves (optional)

Butter

Directions

Prepare Flor de Calabaza Squash Blossoms:

Remove the woody stems.  Pluck out the stamen/pistil from the inside of the squash

blossom (careful there might be bugs or bees inside).

Trim off the sepals (the small, wavy leaves that grow from the base of the blossoms).

Discard stems, stamen, and sepals.  Gently rinse blossoms in cold water and place them on a paper towel to drain.  At this point you may cut the base from the flower, open and lay it flat.

Squash blossom male with stamen

Make Quesadillas: 

Place a dry griddle or cast-iron griddle over medium-high heat.  Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on the griddle.  Place a tortilla on the griddle and sprinkle with cheese.  Add 2 to 3 squash blossoms, and roasted chile, if using, on slightly warmed tortilla.   Or, place three or four basil leaves on top of the squash blossoms. Cover with tortilla.  Cook until light golden, about 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts.  Flip over and cook until golden brown.

Serve warm and, if desired, with salsa.

Above: Stuffed Squash Blossoms Ready to Fry

Above: Stuffed Squash Blossoms Ready to Fry

Fried Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

 

Ingredients:

Batter

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cups club soda, as needed

16 zucchini or squash blossoms

½ cup ricotta

4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil

1 garlic clove, crushed through a press

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Directions:

  1. To make the batter, using a fork, stir the flour and salt in a bowl to combine.  Gradually whisk in the club soda to make a batter-there should be a few lumps of flour.  Let stand 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
  2. Using a small knife, cut a slit down the side of each zucchini blossom, and remove the pistil from inside each blossom. (If a blossom tears, don’t worry).  Mix the ricotta, basil, and garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Using a small spoon (a demitasse spoon works well), insert a heaping spoonful of the ricotta mixture inside each blossom through the slit.(Rather than cutting a slit in the side, try a simpler approach; carefully open the blossom, remove the stamen with tweezers then “pipe” in ricotta filling – about two teaspoons.  Gently twist to close and fry according to instructions).

Be sure that the cheese filling is completely enclosed by the blossom.  Transfer the blossoms to a platter.

  1. Place a wire cake rack on a rimmed baking sheet.  Pour enough oil into a large skillet to come halfway up the sides.  Heat over high heat until the oil reaches 360 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer.  One at a time, holding the blossom by the stem, dip the blossom into the batter and remove, letting excess batter drip back into the bowl.  There should be only a light coating of batter.  Place in the oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.  Fry the blossoms in batches to avoid crowding them in the skillet.  Using a wire skimmer, transfer the blossoms to the cake rack to drain.  Serve hot.

Yield:  Makes 16 blossoms

Squash ribbons

 

Shaved-Squash Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini Blossoms,Ricotta and Thyme Oil

Baby zucchini and small yellow squash sliced on a mandoline add to the lovely,delicate nature of this colorful salad

 

Ingredients:

1 generous handful fresh thyme springs (about ¾ ounces)

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 baby zucchini (3 ounces total), thinly shaved on a mandolin

4 small yellow crookneck squash (3 ounces total), thinly shaved on a mandoline

4 ounces mixed teardrop or cherry small tomatoes, cut in half crosswise (1 cup)

6 zucchini blossoms, halved or quartered if large

¼ cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large, plus more for sprinkling (optional)

Pinch of red-pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon coarse salt

Coarsely ground pepper

3 ounces fresh ricotta (1/3 cup)

Directions:

  1. Place thyme on a cutting board, and bruise with the dull edge of a knife.  Place thyme and oil in a small saucepan.  Cover and heat until small bubbles appear.  Turn off heat, and steep thyme, covered 20 minutes.  Discard sprigs, leaving loose thyme leaves in oil.  Whisk together lemon zest and juice and 2 tablespoons thyme oil (reserve remaining oil for another use; it can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks).
  2. Combine half the dressing with the zucchini, squash, tomatoes, zucchini blossoms, basil, red-pepper flakes, and salt.  Season with pepper, and toss.  Divide the salad between 2 plates, and dot with half the ricotta.  Top with remaining salad and remaining ricotta.  Drizzle with remaining dressing, and sprinkle with basil.

Yield:  Serves 2

Note: Squash blossoms can be replaced with a leafy green such as spinach.

squash salad

Zucchini Carpaccio

Ingredients:

5 medium zucchini, trimmed

Coarse kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

One cup French feta

½ cup lightly toasted pine nuts

2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or mint

Directions:

  1. Using knife or mandoline slice, cut zucchini into paper-thin rounds.
  2. Arrange rounds, slightly overlapping, on a large platter.  Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk lemon juice and oil in a small bowl.  Drizzle dressing evenly over zucchini.
  4. Drop small spoonful’s of cheese all over zucchini.  Sprinkle with the pine nuts, basil or mint and serve.

Squash Soup

Squash Blossom and Gruyere Soup with Stuffed Blossom Garnish

 

Ingredients:

For Soup:

About 1 lb. squash blossoms

1 small onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons butter

4 cups light vegetable or chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For garnish:

6 large unblemished squash blossoms, prickly stems and interior pistils removed

1 cup ricotta cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

A handful of chopped fresh herbs: basil, thyme, tarragon, sage, rosemary

¼ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Chopped fresh herbs, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Prepare the blossoms by cutting off the prickly stems and removing the yellow pistils from inside each flower.  Chop coarsely.
  2. In a large heavy pot, sauté the diced onion and garlic in the butter over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent but has not started to brown.  Stir in the chopped squash blossoms, and sauté for a minute or two until they wilt.  Stir in the stock, and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until everything is soft.
  3. Puree the mixture, either by using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender.  Return the soup to the pot and stir in the cream.  Gradually add the gruyere cheese, stirring occasionally until completely melted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Keep warm without boiling until ready to serve.

For garnish, combine the ricotta with the parmesan and herbs.  Just before serving, stir in the pine nuts so they don’t get soggy.  Season the mixture to taste, and stuff each of the reserved whole blossoms with a spoonful of the mixture.  Float the blossoms on the soup and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs.

Extra “processing” with an immersion blender, food processor or Vita Mix may be necessary to obtain a velvety smooth consistency.

Serve immediately.

squash casserole close up

Southwestern Squash Casserole

This one made it to our top ten list. Imagine, a casserole with saltine crackers in the filling being a family favorite.

Ingredients:

8 medium yellow squash, sliced

½ cup sour cream

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons chopped chives

6 slices bacon, crisp-fried, crumbled

1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

12 saltine crackers, crumbled

Paprika to taste

Directions:

1. Place the squash in a saucepan with water to cover.  Cook over high heat until tender; drain well.

2. Combine with the sour cream, butter, cheese, salt, eggs, chives, bacon, green chilies, cilantro and crackers in a bowl, mixing well.

3. Spread evenly in a buttered baking dish.  Sprinkle with paprika.

4. Bake at 350⁰ for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yield: 8 servings

Linda

Pictures by Starla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squash, Squash, and More Squash Coming

We are going to be sharing many, many squash recipes from our SQUASH ME event yesterday.  We had beautiful, lower temperature weather and a fabulous speaker who talked to us about the wide and inviting subject of squash.  While you are waiting for a complete write up, we thought you might like a few of the recipes.  Please also spend a little time reading about The Sex Life of Squash on the blog, Garden Betty to prepare  for the scintillating squash info we will be presenting in the next few days.

Michele and Sue Serving Squash Muffins with and without Gluten and Banana  Zucchini  Bread

Michele and Sue Serving Squash Muffins with and without Gluten and Banana Zucchini Bread

Squash Muffins 

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2/3 cup grated yellow squash

1 egg, beaten

¾ cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and squash in large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.  Combine egg, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
  2. Spoon batter into lightly greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.  Bake at 350⁰ for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove muffins from pans immediately.

Yield:  1 dozen.

Banana-Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups mashed bananas

2 cups unpeeled shredded zucchini

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder in a mixing bowl, and set aside.
  2. Combine oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat well.  Stir in bananas and zucchini.  Add flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8 ½- x 4 ½- x 3-inch loaf pans.  Bake at

350⁰ for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Yield:  2 loaves.

squash chocolate cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Ingredients:

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted

2 cups sugar

3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

3 eggs

½ cup milk

2 teaspoons grated orange rind

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups coarsely grated unpeeled zucchini

2 ½ cups flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whole fresh strawberries (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cream butter; gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Beat in chocolate.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in milk, orange rind, vanilla, and zucchini.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; add to creamed mixture, mixing well.  Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan.  Bake at 350⁰ for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and place on a wire rack.
  3. Combine powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon; sift over warm cake.  Cool completely.  Fill center of cake with strawberries, if desired.

Yield:  one 10-inch cake.

Ann

Recipes by Linda

Pictures by Starla

 

 

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