Recipe | Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

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If you have watched Eat Pray Love, you no doubt remember that delicious scene where Julia Robert’s character is in Italy and eats stuffed zucchini flowers (or is just me who has that scene burned into my memory?). I didn’t quite know what she was eating or what it tasted like but I immediately craved it so when I went to Italy it was on top of my list of dishes to try. Since Italy, I have only had it twice and both times they did not disappoint. So when I saw Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Cooking challenge was flowers I decided to take up the challenge and try making it myself. This presented me with a new challenge- finding zucchini flowers! I confused staff at my local Coles and Woolworths by asking if they stocked it (the teen workers seemed to have never heard of them!) but then I discovered that on Woolworth’s website you can search products and see what stores stock them (this is not a sponsored post by Woolworths I swear! Thought it was a handy tip). Sadly when I arrived at the store the only flowers left were very withered but since I knew I would stuffing and battering them, I gave them a chance (plus their prices were halved due to their state).

The flowers were a little smaller than the ones I have been served at restuarants but I could still stuff them with small balls of ricotta. They might not photograph well but they sure were delicious and were all gone within 10 minutes of making them (I may have had half myself!). It’s a dish that seems a little fancy but was pretty simple to whip up.


14 zucchini flowers
100 grams ricotta
2 teaspoons horseradish cream
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Remove the stamens from the flowers by peeling down the flowers

2. Mix together the ricotta, horseradish, salt and pepper.

3. Using a teaspoon or your fingers, delicately stuff the flowers with the ricotta

4. Mix together the flour, water, paprika and some salt and pepper.

5. Hit up a pot of oil or your fryer. Individually coat the flowers in the batter before cooking in the hot oil until the batter crisps up.

6. Serve and enjoy immediately!

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  1. I love that you made these! I've never had zucchini flowers, but now I'm totally wanting to make them, too!


  2. You found zucchini flowers?!?!?! I have looked for them and haven't been able to find any. We don't have Woolworth's here - at least not anymore. They look great! I'm glad you were able to find them and that they were on sale! Bonus!

  3. This sounds delicious! I will be going to Italy later on this year and will definitely have to add these zucchini flowers to my must try list.

  4. omg I have never ever eaten or made zucchini flowers but I want these badly now!!

  5. I love that scene in Eat Pray Love, actually all the food scenes in that movie had me drooling (the pizzas in Naples looked insanely good). I've never tried stuffed zucchini flowers but it sounds amazing. I might check my local market tomorrow to see if I can find zucchini flowers!

  6. Oh I love zucchini flowers! But I have only ever them at restaurants. I will have to try these at home!

  7. I've always wanted to make these! I definitely want to try this recipe :).


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