Pasta with Summer Squash & Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Pasta with Summer Squash & Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
A fun summertime recipe from the host of Snack Chat, Nathan Turner.

Ingredients for Summer Squash and Zucchini Pasta

  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 2 Tbsp. crème fraiche
  • Tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 tsp fine lemon zest
  • 1⁄4 cup grated pecorino
  • 2-3 medium yellow squash

Ingredients for Cheese-Filled Fried Zucchini Flowers

  • 10- 12 zucchini flowers
  • 1⁄2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1 green onion
  • Tabasco
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Directions for Summer Squash and Zucchini Pasta

In a large pan heat 2TBS olive oil and one yellow onion finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped With a mandolin slice 4 medium sized zucchini thin. Once onion/garlic is translucent add zucchini and squash. Cook, tossing as necessary until the zucchini is lightly caramelized. If you need more moisture add in 1TBS water at a time. When zucchini is lightly brown and caramelized add 2 TBS crème fraiche, lemon zest and 1⁄4 cup freshly grated pecorino, mix well. Boil 1LB of Orecchiette pasta with 1TBS salt, when al dente drain pasta and add zucchini, toss well.

Directions for Cheese-Filled Fried Zucchini Flowers

Pour 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer or large, heavy pot and heat to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, heavy cream, parsley, green onion, and dash of tabasco. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons filling into each blossom. Close the blossoms and gently twist the petals to seal.

In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and pour in the beer; mix to combine. Add the flour and continue to mix until the batter is the consistency of heavy cream. Dip 2 stuffed zucchini flowers at a time in the batter to coat completely, letting the excess drip off. Fry the flowers in the hot oil for 2 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Drain the fried flowers on a plate with paper towels, season with salt and pepper while they are still hot.

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