Squash blossoms are in season and I was looking for a different way to enjoy these lovelies. When in doubt, how about a vegetarian taco? Squash Blossom Tacos make a simple use of these beautiful flowers. Enjoy this these little jewels of the season.
COOKING WITH THE SEASONS
Cooking and eating seasonally makes perfect sense. I try to abide by the seasons, this year things have been thrown a bit out of whack, but this weekend I made it to the local Farmers Market, safety first.
It’s a strange way to shop, but this may be around for a long time; masks, gloves and distance. The best evidence of seasonal produce is best represented by the local farmers. Our market has a fairly wide selection, and I usually breeze through with a list, but then I see that special item a vendor has that week.
Squash blossoms. I don’t know how long they have been at the markets as this was my first journey back after months of staying home. I still stay and cook at home, but grabbing some fresh ingredients helps to keep the spirits up.
Most of us are familiar with stuffed Italian squash blossoms or the crispy batter fried technique. I wanted something different. While exploring more about squash blossoms I found recipes for Tacos de Flor de Calabaza, a Mexican delicacy.
I of course put my own take on things but the preparation is simple. After cleaning and prepping the squash blossoms (more on that) they are added to a sauté of onion, chile and tomato. This will be the taco filling that covers a layer of melted cheese topped with guacamole. First thing the tortillas are charred on top of a gas stovetop burner to add crispness.
To prepare the squash blossoms, first remove the stem along with the end which includes the stamen inside. I used one basket of blossoms for the recipe. Did you know the blossoms come in both male (no zucchini, growing off the plant) and female (which grow off the end of the zucchini). Both are pictured in the photograph. I remove the stem and stamen off of both and rinse under cool water and carefully pat dry.
The filling ingredients are simply sautéed and then ready to top the tacos. This recipe is adaptable like most I bring you. You can adjust the filling and topping to include ingredients you enjoy. The squash blossoms are fairly light, so anything to heavy would overpower their delicate texture and flavor. Extra guacamole and salsa are always welcome.
Eating seasonally from the Bijouxs Little Jewels Kitchen.
As always, enjoy. B