Italy Culinary Trips: Recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

November 17, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
Filed Under

Summer always brings to mind fried zucchini blossoms and one of our favorite culinary vacation destinations… Tuscany! I’ve had the pleasure of being to Tuscany many times, have enjoyed amazing meals cooked there, frequently using the freshest of seasonal ingredients. Asparagus in the springtime, eggplant in the summer, mushrooms in the fall… Italy is a smorgasbord of wonderful produce!

Discover all our cooking vacations in Italy. 

Chef Claudio collecting squash blossoms Our chefs are passionate about food and Tuscan cuisine. During a recent trip to Tuscany I remember one of our chefs waxing eloquently about a current favorite coffee (“100% aribica!”) and how purple carrots really don’t taste different than any other variety (but are a current fad in Tuscan food markets).

Tuscan recipes tend not to involve not too many ingredients or steps, but rather let the freshness of the food shine through.

Try Living the Real Tuscan Dream on a cooking vacation in Italy.

Fiori di Zucchini Ripieni di Pecorino

(Fried Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Pecorino Cheese)

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Cook method: Fry

Chef Claudio collecting squash blossomsIngredients:

  • 8 zucchini blossoms
  • 50 grams freshly grated percorino cheese (not too aged)
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 grams flour
  • 30 grams bread crumbs
  • sunflower seed oil for frying
  • salt to taste

Try another fiori di zucca recipe.


1. Delicately wash the zucchini blossoms (removing the stamens and pistils), and fill each one with a little grated pecorino cheese.Chef Claudio collecting squash blossoms

2. Prepare 3 shallow bowls – 1 with the beaten eggs and salt, 1 with flour, and 1 with bread crumbs. Delicately dredge the flowers first in flour, then with the beaten egg, and finally in the bread crumbs.

3. Fry in very hot sunflower seed oil until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

4. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt to taste.

Discover more summer dishes from Tuscany.

By Peg Kern

Sign up to receive our newsletter, which includes travel tips, recipes, promotions, and information on our best cooking vacations.

Find more photos, videos, food facts, and travel stories from The International Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Print This Page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *