Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Pesto

Italians love to complain about Italy. Seriously, talk to an Italian for a couple minutes and they will 99% of the time start ranting about how nothing works in Italy, how the economy/government/things in general are messed up.  They must take its immense beauty for granted, because I would willingly live with all those problems if I knew I could wake up to this view every morning.

IMG_5054IMG_5048 IMG_5127

IMG_4876 IMG_5137

This is Lerici, a little town on the Ligurian coast.  I visited a few years ago, and it took my breath away.  So in honor of Lerici I decided to share a quasi-Ligurian recipe involving the most famous condiment of the region, pesto.

IMG_5149

IMG_5153

IMG_5159

These are ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers with pesto, and I highly recommend you make them for your next lunch.  In Italy, zucchini flowers are widely available, but in the states it might be a little harder to find them. though recently I am seeing more of them at farmer’s markets in the US.

IMG_5157

IMG_5169

Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Pesto

zucchini flowers

200g ricotta

1 egg

grated parmiggiano reggiano

1 large bunch basil

pinenuts

olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Gently wash the flowers and remove the stamen inside without ripping the petals.  Prepare the filling: mix the ricotta with grated parmiggiano to taste and then beat in the egg until the mixture is homogeneous.

Spoon the filling into the flowers and put them on a baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes.

While the flowers are in the oven, make the pesto.  In a food processor, blend the basil with a handful of pinenuts, about 1/2 cup grated parmiggiano, and 3 tablespoons olive oil.  Add salt to taste.

When the flowers are done, put them on a plate and drizzle the pesto on top.  Enjoy!

Advertisements

One thought on “Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Pesto

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s