Deep-Fried Zucchini Flowers Stuffed With Taleggio and Basil

"This is a lovely appetizer or after dinner treat. I almost fell over they were so good. I had been wanting to try it for a while and i wasn't disapointed. This recipe comes from Chef Curtis Stone, one of my favortie chefs. One thing that i changed is that we just fried them in the fry daddy instead of a pan and they came out perfect. Its crunchy, its salty, its sweet its rich and ohhhh so good."
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  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 13 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 18 cup superfine sugar
  • 8 12 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 38 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 23 cup ice water
  • 6 12 ounces taleggio, cut evenly into 12 slices (I couldn't find any so we used Gouda instead)
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 12 squash blossoms
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Place a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add blackberries, vinegar, and sugar. Cook for 15 minutes, and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl; reserve juices and discard pulp.
  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches 325 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  • Meanwhile, place flour in a large mixing bowl and gradually pour in water, mixing constantly with your fingertips until combined; set batter aside.
  • Wrap each slice of cheese with a basil leaf. Place each wrapped piece of cheese into a zucchini flower and twist top to enclose. Lightly dust each zucchini flower with flour and dredge in batter until fully coated.
  • Working in batches, gently place zucchini flowers into heated oil and fry until lightly golden, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper. 6.
  • Serve immediately drizzled with the reserved blackberry and balsamic reduction.

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  1. Great seasonal treat! Love these crispy little packages with oozing cheese filling! The amount for the flour in the recipe might have been off a bit, I used much less. Also, unfortunately I did not have black berries for the sauce, so improvised and used 4 tbs black berry jam and 2 tbs balsamico and just stirred them together. A very good substitute for the real thing. Enjoyed thoroughly by all!



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