Monday, July 19, 2010

Beer Battered Squash Blossoms

This recipe is from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - we used squash blossoms (somewhat hard to find; try them if you can find them at your local farmstand or market) but essentially you can batter and fry almost any vegetable, although the cooking time varies. Once we finished with the squash blossoms, we had leftover batter and subsequently battered and fried zucchini. [But note: this was simultaneously a brilliant and a horrible idea - brilliant because it was very good, horrible because I ate too much and had a stomachache the rest of the night.]

oil for frying (neutral eg. vegetable, corn...)
1 c flour + more for dredging
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup beer (or sparkling water)
kosher/coarse salt for finishing

Put enough oil in deep pan on stove over medium high; prepare veggies as you allow the oil to heat - bring oil to 350 degrees. Mix batter ingredients but be careful not to overmix. Dredge veggies in flour, then dip in batter. Add veggies to oil - don't overcrowd to allow for proper browning. Cook and turn once if needed, until golden (a couple minutes). Drain and serve, sprinkled with coarse salt.


  1. Does Pat only like food cooked in alcohol?

  2. No, I would say the last few posts our household have made are alcohol-heavy only as a result of the large pack (for the two of us) of beer purchased for 4th of July... some of which has been sitting in the back of our fridge, so we decided to structure our menus around what we had in the house. It's almost gone though, so maybe that's the last of the beer-posts. :)

  3. So where did you find those blossoms? I'm thinking farmer's market at random is going to be our best bet. Also, I say go get some more alcohol and keeps these recipes coming.

  4. Mary, to answer your question: no, I only like food cooked in alcohol served WITH alcohol. But seriously, Eliese's comment actually gets to the real reason. In fact we still have a stout left in the fridge which I can't decide what to do with because it is awful as a beverage. Never ever buy River Horse Stout.