Supplì di Fiore di Zucca: Experimenting with Blossoms and Rice and All Things Nice

I have yet to meet someone who does not like courgette blossoms (zucchini flowers) fried in batter and I have dedicated a post or two to this delectable concoction.

I thought I would have a go at stuffing the blossoms with rice instead.  Take a look at these photos, it is all fairly obvious and self explanatory.

You will need Italian rice for this (arborio or carnaroli, whatever), butter, freshly grated parmesan cheese, courgette blossoms, oil for frying (I used groundnut oil this time).

IMG_0143Bring the water to the boil, add some salt, and then the rice, and simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes.  Do check the rice for firmness, you don’t want it to overcook.

IMG_0145While the rice is boiling, place some butter and freshly grated parmesan into a bowl.  You could also, now that I think about it, add some fresh nutmeg and a selection of chopped herbs.  Season with salt and pepper too.
IMG_0144Drain the rice ….IMG_0146 Then mix it in with the butter, cheese and seasoning.IMG_0147 When the rice has cooled down sufficiently, cover with clingfilm and put it in the fridge until you are going to use it.  The rice could even be made a day in advance.IMG_0148 Bathe your courgette flowers in warm water so that they regain a firmer texture.IMG_0149 Use very cold sparkling water to make your batter.IMG_0150 This batter was made using sparkling water, flour, corn starch and egg.   Keep the batter in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before using it.  One hour is even better.IMG_0151Take the cooked rice out of the fridge and let it reach room temperature.  Drain the flowers.  We can get on with it now …IMG_0152 Remove the thingy in the middle of the flower … sorry, but I can’t remember it’s name right now, I’m useless at botany (it’ll come to me in the middle of the night, I know, how annoying!).IMG_0153 Don’t worry about the flower having been de-flowered, so to speak.  It will get re-composed once it’s been stuffed with the rice.IMG_0154 Grab some rice and mould it into a sausage shape, making sure that it will be small enough to fit into the flower.  Don’t be afraid to press quite hard.IMG_0155 Insert the rice-sausage into the flower, and fold the petals all around it.IMG_0156 Dip the flowers in the batter and fry.IMG_0157It won’t take long for them to become golden and crisp.  Do remember that frying can be a devilish joker when it comes to time: …. it takes forever to fry the first items (or at least it seems to take forever), but by the end of it you can hardly keep up with it, it all goes so fast!IMG_0160 Sprinkle some salt only after they’ve been fried.IMG_0161Silly me, I added some herbs only at the end.
IMG_0162And what did we make of this fusion between fiore di zucca fritto and a supplì ?  Mmm.  I like the idea but I thought it tasted rather ‘bland’.  Will have to keep working at it.  I am sure that herbs in the rice mixture would cheer things up immensely and maybe adding some mozzarella would add some je-ne-sais-quoi.

I am, however, very pleased with myself for having created a new finger food: the “supplì di fiore di zucca”!

P.S.  It turned out that I had too much rice.  Instead of throwing it away, I buttered a small pan and spread the rice over it, cooking it gently until it went crisp, and then turning it over and doing the same thing on the other side.

IMG_0159Some people call this “il riso al salto” because you’re supposed to flip the rice like a pancake.

Sadly no photo of finished result … but it was nice.  Rice is always, always nice.

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10 Responses to Supplì di Fiore di Zucca: Experimenting with Blossoms and Rice and All Things Nice

  1. I’m looking after my son’s courgette plants while he’s away this week … I might have to just sneek off with a flower or two and try this 🙂

  2. This is an unique and brilliant dish. I have never seen these flowers in our market. I sure would love to try them someday. 😛

  3. Francesca says:

    Jo, you should be pleased with yourself. This is a fabulous idea and the taste must be wonderful. Brava!!!

  4. Karen says:

    I think that stuffing the flowers with rice is terrific…they look delicious. I think adding the herbs to the rice is the answer. I serve rice that is mixed with lots of chopped herbs and butter…the hot rice bringing out the aromas and flavor.

  5. Anneke says:

    Hi Jo, I made your recipe yesterday and was planning to take a picture of the result… forgotten! but they were delicious! I added herbs to the rice: sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme and basil, all in small amounts. I still have some batter and rice filling so maybe I am going to look for more flowers today (little detail: I used pumpkin flowers, out of a Dutch garden)!

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