Vegan Cheese-Filled & Battered Squash Blossoms with Toasted Pine Nuts
Embark on a gastronomic journey that melds the elegance of delicate squash blossoms with the rich, satisfying flavors of vegan cheese! In this recipe, I unveil a masterpiece that fuses creativity, taste, and visual appeal in every bite. Prepare to be enchanted by the harmonious dance of textures, flavors and colors as I present the captivating world of Vegan Cheese-Filled Battered Squash Blossoms, elevated to perfection with a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts. Just in time to pick those male blossoms you may still have on your ripening squash in the garden 🌼
You may use squash, pumpkin or zucchini blossoms!
you'll need 12 fresh squash blossoms, carefully washed and dried
Any kind of vegan cheese you fancy (mozarella, cheddar or gouda style)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sparkling water or plant-based milk (like almond milk)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Oil, for frying
for the garnish:
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Freshly chopped herbs (such as parsley or basil) - optional
Cut up the vegan cheese into smaller slices (so they easily fit winto the blossom)
Stuff the Squash Blossoms: Gently unfold each squash blossom and fit a piece of the vegan cheese into the center. Carefully fold the petals around the filling, ensuring it's enclosed. Take care not to overstuff.
Prepare the Batter: In a bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, sparkling water or plant-based milk, baking powder, salt, and pepper until a smooth batter forms.
Batter and Fry the Squash Blossoms: Heat oil in a deep skillet or pot to 350°F (175°C). Dip each stuffed blossom into the batter, ensuring even coating. Place the battered blossoms into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp, around 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the fried blossoms with a slotted spoon and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Toast Pine Nuts and Garnish: In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until they're fragrant and lightly golden. Set them aside.
Serve: Arrange the fried stuffed squash blossoms on a serving dish. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and freshly chopped herbs over the top for extra flavor and visual appeal.
As you create this masterpiece in your own kitchen, remember that cooking is not just about sustenance, but about celebrating the art of nourishment. It's about exploring flavors, textures, colors, and techniques that awaken your senses and ignite your culinary passion. So, gather your ingredients, embark on this culinary adventure, and let your creativity flourish. We hope you thoroughly enjoy both the process and the result—a plate filled with beauty and taste that resonates with every bite.
From my kitchen to yours, happy cooking and SKANAUS (as we say in Lithuania)!
Fun Fact: Did you know that squash blossoms not only add a touch of elegance to your dishes but also pack a surprising nutritional punch?
These delicate blossoms are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. They also provide dietary fiber and antioxidants, making them a delightful addition to your diet that contributes to your overall well-being ❤️