This Greek stuffed zucchini blossoms recipe (Kolokytholouloutha Yemista/Κολοκυθολούλουδα γεμιστά) makes a delightful appetizer and the recipe is similar preparation wine leaves.
A friend of me gave me her zucchini flowers, but winter and summer squash are perfect as well. If picking your own fresh blossoms, pick early in the morning do so in the morning when they have just bloomed or buy it in the morning at the farmer market. Remove the pistil inside of the blossom as it is bitter.
As usually there are many different recipes of this dish, some of them don’t ask you to fry the onion prior filling, I tried both variation and both are delicious as well.
I hope you enjoy this stuffed zucchini blossoms recipe!
Remember: When picking zucchini blossoms, do so in the morning when they have just bloomed or buy it in the morning at the farmer market. Remove the pistil inside of the blossom as it is bitter.
Zucchini or potatoes (peeled) slices to cover the bottom of your pot, optional
2 cups water, warm
1/4 cup olive oil
Trim the bottom of the flowers, remove pistil and remove any small outer leaves around the blossom. Place in a bowl with lukewarm for 10 minutes. Rinse with fresh water set them upside-down to dry.
Fry onion and garlic in a wide skillet until translucent.
Add rice, tomatoes and water. Simmer until the water is adsorbed.
Add parsley, mint and half one quarter cup of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well.
Cover the bottom of your cooking pot with zucchini or potatoes slices if the bottom of your pot is too thin in order to avoid burning.
Gently open the flower and use a spoon to fill them and close with the petals to seal the filling. Don’t overfill them!
Place the filled flowers on the lined pot.
Add broth and drizzle with olive oil.
Place an inverted place on the flower to fix them and cover with a lid.
Cook at low temperature until liquid is completely adsorbed. Switch off the heat and let cool down a bit. You may also place use a baking mold, cover as described ad bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for about 40 minutes (switch off after 30 minutes).
I was planning to prepare something like “Kotopoulo avgolemono ” (Greek chicken in lemon-egg sauce) with asparagus, but during the way home from home, the cold weather inspired me to prepare the meal on the open fire using my paella skillet.
If you cannot prepare this on the fire you may simply prepare this in your skillet, this will work for sure as well!
As the chicken was cooking I decided to skip the egg, the sauce was so delicious that I really did not need more and my fresh bread rolls came just out of the oven.
The result was extremely delicious a perfect warming and comforting meal!
The chicken was tender, juicy, the asparagus done but not too soft and the sauce: a real dream!
500 g green asparagus, trimmed and partially peeled
4 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups vegetal or chicken broth
2 small lemons, juice and peel of one of them
Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and them with flour, remove excessive flour.
Prepare the onion and the asparagus.
Add oil to the skillet and adjust chicken pieces and onion on it.
Heat and brown on both sides.
Add wine, broth, lemon and peel of one lemon juice bring to simmer. After 10 minutes remove the lemon peel. (Variation: add some dill)
Adjust asparagus on the chicken, the harder parts the asparagus should stay covered by the broth. Cook until asparagus is done, but not too soft. If necessary season the sauce or add little more water.
250 g fillo/phyllo pastry (or 1 big and 1 smaller not sweet pie crust, size depend on your mold)
250 g potatoes, peeled sliced ( or coarsely grated)
500 g zucchini, small sliced ( or coarsely grated)
400 g fresh white cheese (best Greek antothiro or myzithra) or as alternative if you don’t find the Greek white cheese 300 g ricotta cheese + 100 g feta
1 egg, slightly beaten
20 leaves mint, chopped (to taste)
1 -2 tablespoon sesame seeds
Prepare all your ingredients.
Preheat the oven at 150°C-
Grease your mold (I used my round 26 cm cake mold).
Cover your mold with overlapping borders with 2 third of fillo.
Fill with potatoes.
Add half of zucchini.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add half of the cheese and half of mint leaves.
Add remaining zucchini.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add remaining cheese and mint leaves.
Add some olive oil to taste (I add about 2 tablespoons).
Add the egg but leave one tablespoon for the topping.
Fold the fillo on the borders over filling.
Brush little egg.
Cover with 2 sheets of fillo.
Brush with remaining egg and make incisions (in squares) over the surface.
Spread sesame seeds and some oil (about 1 tablespoon).
Bake at 150°C for 1 1/2 hours.
Increase the heat in the last 10 minutes if necessary until golden brown.
Serve warm of lukewarm.
Note: if you have bigger zucchini they will contain too much water. Put your sliced or grated zucchini in a bowl; add 1-2 teaspoons of salt. Stir. After 30 minutes rinse and drain prior use. Or perhaps another solution is to spread some breadcrumbs on fillo prior filling it with potatoes and zucchini. If you try this please let me know!
I was used to prepare my Greek coffee bringing to boil shortly the mixture once or twice, but now I tried a new way and the coffee turned out excellent and from now on I will adopt this method!
Annacia’s Turkish coffee recipe is simply perfect and the coffee I prepared was the best Turkish coffee I’ve ever prepared. The main point is: heat slowly and don’t let it boil. I was scared to prepare this because I still had some coffee (I used Greek coffee powder) that I had to use and I was not sure if this was fresh enough.
The coffee was perfect, great taste, foamy and enough and the powder stood only on the bottom of the cup!
Cuttlefish is a quite inexpensive seafood which offers many possibilities to be prepared.
I love stuffed cuttlefish, but even a simple recipe is excellent, especially if you use a good white wine without sulfuric smell (I love the golden “Romeiko” from Chania most) and you enjoy this sitting outside combined with salads and good bread to enjoy the sauce.
Once again I’ve proposed to you a Greek/Cretan dish which is called Σουπιές κρασάτες (Soupies krasates). Greek food is too good, I can’t resist it!
Take one teaspoon sourdough starter from your jar and place it into a bowl.
Feed the starter adding to the jar 1 teaspoon water and 2 heaped teaspoons flour. Stir, cover and bring back to the fridge.
Add to the bowl 1 espresso cup water, stir well.
Add 3 espresso cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Stir and knead to from a ball. Lift the dough ball, grease the bowls with the oil and place the ball back into the bowl. Cover and let rest 8-16 hours. If it is too warm (more than 25°C) 8 hours may be enough to rise and double. Place in the fridge until you need the dough.
When you want to prepare the pita breads, divide the dough into 3 parts, shape 3 balls but don’t knead the dough.
Roll out the balls on a floured surface to the size of about 15 cm (about 3 mm thick). Let rest the disks for about 20 minutes on a floured baking tray.
In the meanwhile preheat the oven to 250° C.
Place the tray into the oven and bake until well puffed and light browned, this takes about 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool down partially. With a knife open the pitas and fill them as you like. Enjoy!