Baked Squash Blossoms Filled with Goat Cheese (Recipe)

squash blossomsWhat did I do with the bouquet of yellow squash blossoms I bought from Joel Thiebault’s vegetable stand last week?

Simple: I filled them with fresh goat cheese, drizzled them in olive oil and a smidgen of salt, and baked them in the oven until they were slightly brown and crispy.  Result: They tasted like summer and I want to make them again and again and again…

What about the squash? These particular squash blossoms were unique because they were attached not to stems, but to tiny, baby yellow and green squash.  I left these on, of course, and together the blossoms, squash and cheese melted in my mouth.

What kind of chèvre should you use? When using goat cheese for cooking, I like it to be fresh (chèvre frais in French).  I first tried using a more mature cheese and found it didn’t come out smooth and creamy like I wanted.  The right texture is important for this recipe!

cookedsquashNothing else? I did experiment with adding different ingredients to the chèvre (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallots, ground pepper…), but found that the best combination was simply a nice, quality goat cheese.  Otherwise, you take away from the delicate taste of the blossoms.

Other advice? Be careful when preparing the blossoms, as they are very fragile.  I baked at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm and savor the crispy, yet soft sensation in your mouth.

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