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Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

Memories of Tuscany

My parents spent a number of summers in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona, Italy. Teaching calligraphy to University of Georgia study abroad students, my mom was housed in a quaint home in this ancient walled village. Meals for the staff, and their mooching children, were served in a monastery down the road. I’m not certain who their chef was, but even at age 25, I knew this was no ordinary fare. The dish that dazzled me the most was the stuffed zucchini blossoms. Definitely exotic for this Iowan, and even though I have no idea what they were filled with, the memory of their deliciousness became etched in my brain. So I was thrilled, albeit a little intimidated, when I saw these Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms on our French Fridays roster for the month of July.

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

Tracking Down Zucchini Blossoms

I have never seen zucchini blossoms in my local supermarkets, so I made my way to the farmers’ market last Saturday morning. Checking in at one of the produce booths, I asked about availability of this elusive ingredient. Overhearing my conversation, another patron pointed me to a vendor who had some in stock. They were on the small side, so the large shrimp I purchased were cut in half to fill the cavity of the flower after removing the pistils and stamens (see, my high school biology paid off!). The end of the blossom was twisted before dredging it in tempura batter, then frying in a shallow pan of hot oil.

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

You may recall that the hubby practically goes apoplectic when I mention zucchini. But he was willing to try one of these fried delights. And try he did! He even dipped them in the sinus clearing shrimp sauce from St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, an Indianapolis institution.

Shrimp-Filled Zucchini Blossoms

The recipe can be found on Google Books on in Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cookbook, Around My French Table.

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Comments

  1. Yours are so elegant Liz! My “shrimp” were way too big for my blossoms so they didn’t quite have the same effect. I don’t know I’d go to the bother of stuffing them again but frying them in that batter Yes!

  2. Your fritters are so pretty! Mine are little shapeless blobs, but they tasted good. Bill never ceases to amaze me – funny that he not only tried but liked these.

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    While I don’t seem to be getting zucchini this year, there have been some blossoms:@)

  4. These look so nice.. I have only seen such things on tv :D

  5. But… I… holy crow! Those look and sound amazing. I need blossoms stuffed with shrimp IMMEDIATELY!!

    I’m not kidding. Bring me some immediately.

  6. The Italians definitely know what to do with zucchini flowers. They’re so, so good. Yours look great, and that fried shrimp looks pretty amazing, too.

  7. Those look delicious, Liz. I don’t know how anyone could turn them down.

  8. Oh! This is one my favorite all times foods that you have made even better by filling them with shrimp. I wish I could reach throw the screen and grab one.

  9. The first time I ever tried (or even heard of!) stuffed squash blossoms was when I was in my early twenties, working in a catering kitchen. There was a little old Italian man who used to come in on Saturdays and make us a family meal. He would cook the most amazing authentic food from his homeland… I will never forget him or the fried zucchini blossoms he made for me! Thanks for bringing back such a lovely memory :)

  10. What a great way to make eating healthy fun and enjoyable!

  11. wow.. what a great idea for the zucchini flowers. The one you photographed looks so fresh and yummy. I really like it and find it interesting.

  12. Have you ever known anyone that can kill zucchini plants? Now you do. Guess I will have to nab some blossoms while there is still one plant alive. :(

  13. You did a fabulous job with your first try at zucchini blossoms, just gorgeous. Never saw them stuffed with shrimp before, great idea.

  14. Lizzy, great post about your parents in Tuscany! I’ve never found any zucchini blossoms in any of our supermarkets, or even in our local vegetable market…maybe at Wholefood Market?
    Anyway, a few blossoms did pop up at Lora’s garden from a few years ago from the Italian zucchini they planted, but that’s about it!
    Love the creative and super delicious way you stuffed it with the shrimp…yumm! xo

  15. Amazing! My Bill ate these, too and loved them! Yours look beautiful…glad they were a hit! I stuffed some of mine with the Ricotta filling. They were delicious! Loved hearing about your time in Tuscany. Happy weekend!

  16. Just gorgeous, Liz!

  17. I love stuffed zucchini blossoms, these look incredible with the shrimp filling!

  18. YUM. love stuffed zucchini flowers and i bet these taste great, thanks for sharing a great recipe… definitely will be giving this one a go.

  19. What an awesome job your parents had… and you got to visit too…WOW. I love how exotic these blossoms are to everyone… it’s so funny to me. I just grew up eating them.

  20. Love the stuffing, I usually stuff them with goat cheese and tomatoes, but never would of thought of shrimp. Love your story about your parents in Tuscany.

  21. Sinus clearing shrimp sauce, I love it. I am glad you found these blossoms, I did not. I am going to keep looking.

  22. I loved the story of how you ate zucchini blossoms the first time. I’ve stuffed them before but never with shrimp. I’ve got to give it a go.

  23. LOL, good for Bill! What a treat for the both of you!! I see many more of these in your future Liz – weren’t they great??

    The farmers that I got mine from suggested finding some baby zucchini with the blossoms still intact, then battering and frying the entire blossom with zucc on it and said that was pretty special too – even without filling.

  24. wow great job on these fried courgette flowers they always taste amazing well done on getting them to hold their shape!

  25. Such a wonderful life for your parents, I truly envy them. The blossoms look fantastic, and so
    happy that Bill liked them. Hope to be back soon with a few make-up recipes. No blossoms to
    be found here in our neck of the woods, but I will continue to search as I know these are
    fantastic.

  26. I’ve never made anything with squash blossoms but these sound great. Nice recipe!

  27. Look awesome Lizzy! I love these !
    Here is difficult find blossoms Lizzy but I love the.
    Love yours pictures!;)

  28. How creative, Liz! I never thought the shrimp and zucchini blossoms could work together like this :)

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  29. Wow, what a gourmet twist on already gourmet zucchini blossoms! Lovely job :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  30. Your adventures abroad in Italy must have inspired all the fantastico dishes and desserts you create =) Like your exceptional zucchini tempura blossom!

    P.s. Hats off to you for mastering the art of tempura =)

  31. What wonderful memories. And how nice that you can now reproduce this special dish at home.

  32. Your blossoms look so perfect (no surprise)! I’m glad you found the ingredients and that everyone (including Bill) loved them. Don’t you love when food connects with wonderful memories?

  33. Delicious idea Liz! We stuff zucchini blossoms with feta, anthotyros (Greek ricotta) and eggs and batter-fry them here in Greece. But we never had them stuffed with seafood! It must be a fantastic combination, with shrimp. Thank you!

  34. When our younger daughter was born my mom came to help out for two weeks, bringing an Italian American friend who cooked beautiful dishes for us. One of those was stuffed zucchini flowers that we had picked that morning at a local “pick-your-own” farm in the countryside outside of Paris. So divine! I’ve made them myself since because the memories were so good. Now I need to make them again with shrimp! Gorgeous, Liz!

  35. What amazing pictures. I will just be happy to finally locate the blossoms let alone having them still “hooked” onto the vegetable itself. You did a nice job of keeping the shrimp mixture inside the blossom – I will strive to your heights!!! if I can find the darn things. Nice job.

  36. looks awesome

  37. These look so delicate and difficult to pull off.

  38. Beautiful! You did a marvelous job with these stuffed zucchini blossoms, Liz – they look so light and delicate, like they should be. I’ve made them a few times, but never with shrimp, and now I want some. Most of the farmers markets have them here, you just have to get them early before they wilt from the heat.

  39. Oh I didn’t realize Dorie had this recipe in her book! I love squash blossoms and wish I could find them more often. The farmer’s markets around here just don’t have them.

  40. What a wonderful memory, so glad you were able to find some zucchini blossoms for this dish. It looks fantastic!

  41. I have always wanted to try zucchini blossoms. Yours look fabulous! I can see why even your husband was convinced to eat them.

  42. They turned out beautifully and so nice that they were Bill-approved, too! It must have been wonderful to go visit your parents in Italy – such a great experience.

  43. Summers in Tuscany sound amazing. Deep frying is definitely the easiest way to get people to eat their vegetables!

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