Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to share a recipe for one of my favorite savory summer treats, Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms.

I realize that they're a little alien looking, but they are delicious! Tender squash blossoms stuffed with herbed goat cheese, coated in olive oil, salt and pepper, and baked in the oven until they're tender and ever-so-slightly crispy.

If you had talked to me 10 years ago, I would have never agreed to eat these, let alone make the recipe. First of all, I thought summer squashes, like zucchini, were gross. How wrong I was! Second of all, I didn't tend to eat anything "weird-looking". Ah, how limited my thinking was! Last but not least, I thought goat cheese was gross. Man oh man, it is hard for me to picture a world where I thought goat cheese was gross because it is SO GOOD! If left to my own devices, I could probably eat a whole package of the stuff in a sitting. It's just so delicious!

I digress. Here's how to make these goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms:
Ingredients:
- Squash blossoms. I used about 10, which I think was about 1/4 of a pound.
- Fresh herbs. I grabbed small bunches of basil, parsley, and chives from the herb planters out in the the little yard behind my building. Ultimately you'll need enough to equal about 1 tbsp of each when you chop them up.
- About 3oz. goat cheese
- About 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Ok, first things first! Preheat your oven to 400°F, then grab your squash blossoms. Look inside of one. See that little thing in there? (Guys, I haven't taken a science class since I was 15. My brain has pushed out all preexisting knowledge of plant anatomy. I want to call that thing a stamen, but that's almost definitely wrong. Right?). Well, that thing is not a super pleasant addition to your food, so use your fingers to twist it and pull it out.
2. Once you've de-whatevered your squash blossoms, chop up your herbs! You'll want about 1tbsp of each when they're chopped up. Once they're chopped, put them in a small mixing bowl and add your goat cheese.
3. Now, use your fork to mix the goat cheese and herbs together. Pretty much you'll mash and mix until the herbs are evenly distributed through the cheese and the mixture has a bit of a crumbly texture.
4. Time to fill your squash blossoms! If you are feeling fancy (and like doing extra dishes, am I right?) you can load the filling into a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice and pipe the filling into the squash blossoms, OR you can just use a small spoon and yer fingers to fill each one with about 1 tbsp of the goat cheese and herb mixture. Once it's filled, twist the blossom closed at the top.
5. After you fill a blossom, lay it onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. When all the squash blossoms are filled, drizzle olive oil over them and roll them to coat. After you do that, sprinkle the squash blossoms with salt and pepper and put them in the oven.
6. Bake your goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is a little bubbly, the blossom is a little crispy, and the tiny squash attached to the end is nice and tender. Once they're done, remove them from the oven and let cool until they're cool enough to eat. Then, devour them, obviously!
Now depending on how many people you want to serve, and how you're serving them, you may want to increase or decrease the recipe. I ate this plate of them on their own for dinner, but I've also served them as hors d'ouevre at a cocktail party, or made a meal of a couple of these goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms over some pasta and marinara sauce.

I hope you get a chance to try them and I hope you love them as much as I do!

Til next time!

-Becca
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37 comments:

  1. Squash blossoms
    Are
    My favorite veggies, can't wait to try them this way!
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    1. Oh fantastic! I hope you love the recipe!

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  2. Can I firstly just say that I really love the name of your blog? Ladyface Blog... hehe, that is too precious.

    Goat cheese mixed with a delicious, healthy vegetable? You are my kind of chef! It looks delicious! *___* We have a farmer's market that comes in the summer and to the fall and there is this one booth with goat cheese that is just too delicious. I always have to go and buy a wedge every other week or so, yum yum!

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    1. Thank you so much! The cheese samples at the Farmers Market are just too much! Too much, as in there are too many and I want to try them all!

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  3. That is the prettiest food I've seen in a long time. And I bet it tastes pretty good too. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Aw, thank you, Heidi! I was definitely admiring the beauty of the ingredients while I was photographing the cooking process.

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  4. oh goodness, these look so wonderful! like said above, seriously.. these are so pretty! something about the blossoms make this look so inviting.

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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    1. Thank you! It's such a pretty little bit of nature right on your plate!

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  5. These look so yummy! I never would have thought to eat squash blossoms but these sure do look good. xx. McKenna Lou
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    1. Thanks, McKenna Lou! I wouldn't have thought of it either, until I saw them at the farmers market for the first time. I'm SO glad I tried them!

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  6. I've always wanted to try squash blossoms but they seemed a little intimidating. Thanks for the detailed step by step (ps-I love "de-whatevered") I just might be ready to try making them!

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    1. Oh how fantastic! I'm so glad my recipe could help make squash blossoms seem like a less intimidating ingredient. This recipe is really simple and delicious so I hope it helps you have a happy first foray into the world of squash blossoms!

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  7. Ah! This looks so yummy. I'm not even familiar with squash blossoms but you've convinced me they'll be delicious.

    S&R

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    1. I wasn't familiar either until a couple of years ago. Hopefully you'll get a chance to try them sometime!

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  8. Becca, what time will you be serving dinner this evening? Oh my--these look so delicious!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm afraid dinner was served Sunday evening! There were, of course, no leftovers!

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  9. Wow, I'd never have thought to try the blossom! I'm like you used to be- perhaps a tad limited. But I'd be willing to try!

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    1. Definitely worth a try! I used to be pretty skeptical of foods outside of my comfort zone, but now I love trying new things!

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  10. I didn't know that squash blossoms can be edible.

    Btw, I'm having a giveaway on my blog. Win LOTS OF AWESOME ACCESSORIES FROM MISS LITRATISTA ! Giveaway ends on August 31!

    Chamee of PIXELS AND TALES

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    1. I know! Who knew? I'd love to learn more about the world of edible flowers.

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  11. Oh my- these have me drooling right now, I LOVE squash blossoms! We had them fried at our wedding, but I've never tried making them at home!

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    1. Ooh, fried squash blossoms are amazing, too! I don't fry often, so I'm not usually inclined to use up so much oil for one application, which is why I came up with this recipe!

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  12. They look amazing! Funny though how tastes change over time, is it part of getting older? :)
    AHKA VINTAGE BLOG

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  13. Um, i think i just died of a foodgasm wow! these are amazing!
    x Eloise - Jazzlipsandtulips

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  14. I don't usually like squash either, but I got to say this looks sooo yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Juni! The squash part is such a small part of this dish, so I think you'd enjoy them!

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  15. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely incredible! I'm so glad I discovered your blog, and I can't wait to keep up with your DIY's, recipes, and cute outfits!!

    Xo, Hannah

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    1. Aw, thank you, Hannah! You are too kind!

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  16. Oh wow these look amazing! However, i'm not a big fan of goat cheese, any idea what cheese I could use instead?? :)
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    1. Thanks, Norma! If you're not a fan of goat cheese, I would recommend using ricotta and a little bit of parmesan to give it some more flavor.

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  17. Oh my goodness! this sounds amazing!

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  18. This looks SO delicious. It's making me miss cheese! I've been looking for squash blossoms but I can't find them anywhere :( Maybe I'll have more luck in the future

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    1. Oh no! I hope you can hunt some down. Maybe ask around town and see if anyone's got a bumper crop of squash going!

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  19. I have never tried squash blossoms, but I've always wanted to! I wonder if any rogue squash will grow in my parents' garden this year; I could steal their blossoms. Or, you know, hunt them down at the store or farm stand.
    Bahaha, "de-whatevered". Yes, those are stamen (definition: the pollen-producing organ of a plant.) but don't worry, I had to google it to make sure. :D
    These look DElicious.
    I've never had goat cheese, either. I'm gonna have to get all adventurous and then convince my husband to eat one. He's wary of any food that looks weird. Although I think these look beautiful.
    xo
    Kristina
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