Zucchini Blossoms and Goat Cheese Frittata

16 Oct

Zucchini Blossoms, Flor de Calabaza, Flor de Abobrinha, Fiore di Zucca…I can say it in different languages and they all sound like music to my ears! Zucchini Blossoms are a gift from Nature. They are not only beautiful, but also delicious in any way you want to make them. Deep fried in batter; sauteed with corn and shallots inside a warm corn tortilla; in a light and tasty chicken broth, the possibilities are endless!

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I always anxiously wait for its season and buy them every week at my local Farmer’s Market. My favorite way to eat them is in a Frittata. Here is my recipe:

 

Ingredients

  •  1/2 small sweet onion or 1 shallot, diced;
  •  1/2 cup of zucchini, diced;
  •  1 Tbsp chopped Italian Parsley and Green Onions ( called Cheiro-Verde, or Green Aroma in Brazil. It is a staple in every recipe, I chop and place them in small containers in the freezer to use later);
  • 8 pasture raised eggs;
  • kosher or Himalayan Salt to taste;
  • About 8 to 10 zucchini blossoms;
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, or any oil you prefer;
  • Goat Cheese of your preference ( I used a delicious California goat cheese I bought at Whole Foods)

Method

  •  Pre-heat the oven at 350 F.
  • In a bowl, crack the eggs making sure you brake one at a time just in case one of the eggs is bad so you won’t have to start from scratch and waste the eggs. Add salt and pepper, parsley and green onions and beat the eggs until they are fluffy and doubled in size.
  • In a hot cast iron skillet, or any oven proof skillet add the coconut oil. It is important that the skillet is well greased so the food will not stick to the bottom. Add the onions and zucchini and let them sweat until the onions look translucent, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the beaten eggs and wait about 2 minutes until they cook a little.
  • Remove the stems of the blossoms by gently twisting them with your fingers, or lay them in a cutting board and cut the bottom. Hold it vertically in the air and the stem will fall off. Add the blossoms to the pan, positioning them the way you want them to stay.
  • Add the Goat Cheese around the skillet, next to the blossoms using a tablespoon or cut it into approximately the size of one full tablespoon.
  • Place the skillet inside the oven and turn the broil on for 5 minutes. Please keep in mind that oven temperatures are different, and so are hot spots your oven might have. Check after 3 minutes. You might have to turn the skillet or take it out of the oven.

Bom Apetite!

 

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