Friday, December 12, 2008

Fiori di Zucca con Ricotta e Pancetta (italiano a seguire)



In Italy it's quite common to find 'fiori di zucca fritti' (fried summer squash flowers), they are filled with mozzarella and a little anchovy, dipped in a egg and flour batter and dip fried in olive oil. My version (I stole the idea from a restaurant) is the flowers filled with sheep's ricotta whipped with a little cream and grated parmigiano and then wrapped with pancetta's strips. I cooked the flowers in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes and if necessary I turned on the grill.
I'm submitting this recipe to Sara of I like to Cook who is hosting the Weekend Cookbook Challenge 35 Appetizers.

Questa idea l'ho rubata ad un ristorante vicino a casa (Osteria Pistoia , piazza Madonna della Salette a Roma) . I fiori così mi sono piaciuti così tanto che li ho rifatti più volte da quando ho trovato delle confezioni di fiori di zucca nel reparto insalate di un supermercato di zona.
Il procedimento è semplicissimo: si monta con una frusta della ricotta di pecora con un po' di panna e parmigiano e si mette nei fiori (con una sac a poche è velocissimo), si riveste il fiore con mezza fettina di pancetta e si passa in forno per 15 minuti accendendo il grill alla fine. Fatemi sapere ! Se avete delle ricette di antipasti partecipate alla raccolta di Sara di cui parlo sopra !!

14 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look delicious! Yum!

Linda said...

Ahhhh....In the summer when the squash blossoms are starting, we have these all the time. We are an Italian-American family and love the traditional recipes...this makes my mouth water!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

One day I'm going to have these summer squash flowers growing in my garden and they'll sure be on my table shortly thereafter.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I've never had summer squash flowers, but yours sound delicious and look so colorful and pretty!

Ivy said...

I love these zucchini florets but it's a pity I can't find any, at least not in Athens. Your appetizer sounds delicious.

Lien said...

Oh I do love these flowers. When we're on holiday in Italy I buy them and fill them with ricotta and/or turkey stuffing, coat them in breadcrumbs and fry them in whatever pan I can find in our holiday house.

mandorlaepistacchio said...

Ciao Natalia,
ci sono dei dolci premi per te se passi da me.
buona giornata

Lucy said...

I just love squash flowers and love what you have done with them.... yummy ;-) Wishing I could reach in and help myself to one ;-)

Antonella said...

Ciao Natalia! Buonissimi i fiori fatti così...mi segno la ricetta ;o)
E' arrivata la ka???
Io ho lavorato tutto il giorno e stasera mia figlia mi ha detto che all'ora di pranzo è venuto un corriere, e lei,pensando fosse una consegna da parte delle aziende per cui lavoriamo ha detto che non eravamo in casa....d'altra parte i soldi non li aveva lei,ma il portiere....e il sabato pomeriggio non lavora neanche lui......hanno detto che torneranno lunedì......grrrrrrr....

shellyfish said...

Ciao Bella!
I've never had squash flowers! I need to give them a try! I could easily come up with something vegan to do with them :)

Srivalli said...

wow..that looks yum!..never knew one can eat those flowers!

Cakelaw said...

All I can say is "Yum!" I have always wanted to try these, and I have never seen them with bacon wrapped around before.

Jude said...

Looks delicious... I'm sure it's great without the pancetta but it must be extra tasty with it.

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