Courgette Flowers with Ricotta Cheese (Fiori di zucca con ricotta)

Submitted by:
Davide Geneletti, Trento, Italy
Environmental planning

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Ingredients

15 courgette flowers
350g ricotta cheese
50g sliced cooked ham
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs - mint, basil, oregano, parsley
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil

1. Wash the flowers (be delicate, they tear easily); eliminate the pistils.

2. Slice the cooked ham in small pieces, put them in a bowl and add the ricotta, the herbs, the parmesan cheese, some salt and pepper (to taste).

3. Mix all the ingredients.

4. Stuff the flowers with the mixture and transfer them to an oiled baking pan.

5. Cover the baking pan with some aluminium foil and put it in a preheated oven at 200° C for 20 minutes.

Serve warm.

Background

When I first started working, we were lucky to live in a house with a garden. So we decided to grow our own vegetables. As we were not sure about the outcome of our efforts, we planted plenty of courgette plants. They thrived so well that we didn't know what to do with all the courgettes, so we started cooking with the flowers. This is a recipe that we still like to cook 15 years later.

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