Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Squash Blossom Pizzas

This time of year, there's not much left of my summer crops in the garden. The fall crops are starting to come along nicely, but eggplant has stopped flowering, my peppers are finishing coloring up, and my zucchini plants are full of blossoms that will never mature into zucchini.

Squash blossoms are very tasty. Stuffed with cream cheese, dipped in egg, rolled in Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (or panko) and lightly pan fried, they are a delicate appetizer worthy of the most discriminating gourmand.

But on top of a sauce-less pizza, they are just as lovely.

(The yellow part is the zucchini blossom).

These little pizzas were topped almost entirely from the remaining produce from our garden... tomatoes, thinly sliced zucchini, purple onions, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, parsley), and heavily dotted with glorious cream cheese. Marinara sauce would have overpowered the baby vegetables on this pizza.

The blossoms were a really great surprise; very fresh.

Earthy crunchy cheesy chewy goodness right there.

So pluck a bunch of blossoms, throw them on your favorite pizza crust and enjoy one last glorious taste of summer.


Lynnea said...

Hello,  I *found* you through a reader on faith and family--and so I came over to have a read, or two.
My husband and I may be able to buy an old farmhouse (1891) that comes with an orchard of apples, pears and cherries.  I'm going to see how much I can learn from you, and wondered if there are any books or blogs that you might recommend?
Thanks so much,

Farmer's City Wife said...

Hi Lynnea! (I love Faith and Family, btw).
How exciting that you may be able to buy an old farmhouse with an established orchard!
There are tons of good books and blogs on the subject, but it kind of depends on what your style is (conventional or organic) and what your aim is (animals, gardens, or both). Some of my favorite general homesteading blogs are:
5 Acres and a Dream
Homestead Revival
On Just a Couple Acres
The Prairie Homestead

For organic orchard books, I think The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way is unparalleled.

For general homesteading, there are tons of great books, but a simple, comprehensive, and very readable book is:

The Backyard Homestead (If you do a search on Amazon for "homesteading" I've read literally every book on that first page, and they're all quite good).

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