Squash Blossoms. You know summer is on its way when you start to see squash blossoms at the farmers market. These orange and yellow flowers are frequently used in Mexican and Italian cuisines. Find the best blossoms is at your local farmers’ market, as the flowers are highly perishable and rarely in good condition at supermarkets. My favorite way to prepare squash blossoms is the Italian style, known as fiori di zucca.

  • 12 squash blossoms
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of sparkling water
  • salt
  • pepper

It’s super easy. Simply combine ricotta cheese, basil leaves, garlic, and Parmesan into a bowl. Fill each of the blossoms generously with the ricotta mixture, winding the petals around one another to enclose the filling.

To make a light batter combine flour and sparkling water in a bowl to create a batter. Season with salt and pepper. Dip the blossoms into the batter and fry the blossoms until they are a beautiful golden brown. Enjoy!