Recipe by 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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fresh basil, minced
finely grated Parmesan cheese
oil for frying
pumpkin or zucchini blossoms
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.
I made the recipe exactly as written. It was very thick! The flavor was too bland. Next time I may add more water & minced garlic, or a spice. My next door neighbors tried two. They said the same thing. I used male pumpkin flowers, took out the "male" part. I'm sure it can be quite good, but it just missed the mark for us. Perhaps I should do two flowers together & paint on the batter.
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.)
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.
Ever cry when eating food? Yup! These are perfect for so many reasons!! My Nonna would send me into her garden looking for male flowers. She’d make these every summer on an old stove in the garage (I’ve never figured out why this was an ‘outdoor only’ type food, her version of a BBQ maybe?). When she passed – the recipe went with her. Seeing as I couldn’t recall what was involved in these ‘petigella’ (spelling?), I checked on allrecipes. Though it’s not exact, it brought back a flood of memories for me. Domenica, thank you for the memories! These are wonderful!
Excellent summer snack! My grandmother is originally from Benevento, Italy and has a similar recipe for these. She says only to use the female blossom, but I didn't ask why & I don't know how to tell the difference. Perfect with a bit of salt on them, some cheese and wine!
very good - next time i'll use a LOT more spices, and maybe even stuff the leaves with a mushroom or cheese mix before breading them. This is a great start!!
Such a great way to get more out of the garden. I used pumpkin and squash blossoms. Also, I subbed goat cheese for the parmesan, and added some chopped jalapeno to give it a little kick. Also, I dredged it in flour, raw egg and panko instead of the batter. They were crispy, gooey, spicy and delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Crispy Zucchini or Pumpkin Blossoms
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 119
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