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Stuffed Zucchini flowers (Fiori di zucca farcito?)
This is a quintessential summertime dish. You have to be able to acquire fresh zuke flowers, preferably from a grizzled Italian man from Calabria.
1/2 c ricotta 1 egg ground pepper grated parmesan and pecarino romano Mix the ricotta with the egg well; then grind in some fresh pepper and then the grated cheese. The texture should not be too runny. Meanwhile, extract the stamins from the flowers --- this is probably not necessary but I do it -- the petal may break -- don't worry. Then, using a small spoon (like a 1/2 teaspoon), spoon the cheese and egg mixture into the flowers.
You should also have a very fresh tomato sauce ready. Add a chiffonade of basil to it. Then, heat up a frying pan, add olive oil then fry the flowers. If you are ambitious, you could coat them in flour; most of the time I don't bother. Fry them until they turn lightly brown and then turn them. This takes no longer than 5 minutes. Serve with the aforementioned fresh tomato sauce.
Keywords: Appetizer, Dinner, Easy, Cheese
( RG1124 )
This is a recipe Iv'e been making for years, at least once per summer.
It's quick to make, and I often divide into two pans, and refrigerate them, to be baked as a quick weekday dinner.
500g fusilli pasta 250g dry mozzarella cheese - diced (apx 1cm sized cubes) 40-100g cream (full fat, or a larger amount of half and half) - I usually go with 40g, but we tend to prefer things not overly rich 4 large tomatoes (or 6 medium ones), preferably drier varieties, such as Roma tomatoes - cut into stripes 8-9 minced garlic cloves - minced apx 35g basil - chopped + more for serving optional: 1-2 tsp nutritional yeast plenty of pepper salt to taste, 1-2 tsp (I'm a salt lover and often use 2, but it also depends on the saltiness of the cooking water)
Cook the pasta a little shy of al dente. Drain well, let cool a bit. Place in a large bowl, mix in remaining ingredients. Can be refrigerated at this point. Place the entire amount or half of it in a shallow casserole dish that will contain the pasta so that it is not too tall - you want plenty of surface area. Bake under a low broiler (~220-230 deg C) for apx. 40-50 minutes until the top browns very deeply and the pasta is very crisp. Scatter some more basil. Serve immediately.
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made a tapenade using the usual garlic / olives / olive oil / lemon juice recipe - with kalamata olives.
I have anchovy (tinned and paste) on standby . . . we both like anchovy....
now,,, I like kalamata olives - especially in a salad that involves feta....
however, DW is underwhelmed and suggests 'it is just too strong'
we don't have a large selection of olives at the market - other than the usual green/black/with without stuffings...
the store has an olive bar - but the descriptions are strictly marketing BS - not specific olive types. lots of 'mixtures'
the Castelvetrano press is pretty good - any experiences on toning down from kalamata welcomed.
other tips.... i.e. 50-50 Kalamata & black/green, etc.
we do Amazon, so we should be able to get any type . . .
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