If you're getting ready to plant this spring, be sure to plant some zucchini plants. WHY? Because I have an easy and tasty recipe for Zucchini Blossom Pizza, that's why! This is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or invite a special someone over and impress them with your culinary skills using a not-so-ordinary ingredient, zucchini blossoms! And who does not like pizza?!
So next time you want to binge-watch something on Netflix, think about making this! It's an easy prep, you can start the binging while it bakes, then when it's done, enjoy these yummy delights while watching your favorite show! So what are you watching anyway?
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🥰 Why We Love This Dish
- It's light yet very satisfying
- Very simple to make
- Looks fancy!
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- Zucchini Blossoms
- Naan bread (or whatever pizza crust you want to use)
- Olive Oil
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
🍕Key Ingredients Notes
Zucchini blossoms are delicate so be sure to clean them very carefully. I use a pastry brush to gently brush the dirt right off.
Since these blossoms are so delicate, try to cook and eat them the same day you harvest or purchase them. If necessary, store them in the refrigerator for no more than a day or so.
🔪 How To Make This Dish
You have the option of chopping or using the blossoms whole on your pizza. I chopped mine. They cook down, so in this recipe I used twelve zucchini blossoms.
On a skillet over medium heat, I added olive oil, then sautéed garlic and onions for just a few minutes, enough to caramelize them. Added the zucchini blossoms until they wilt, about two minutes.
Placed all the sautéed ingredients on top of the naan bread, topped with mozzarella cheese, and put in a 350-degree oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve! YUM!
👩🏻🍳 Nutritional Expert Tips
- Much like the zucchini fruit, the blossoms are also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy eyes and skin and is an antioxidant that resists viruses and bacteria, thus strengthening the immune system.
❓Frequently Asked Questions
When you start seeing blossoms like these on your zucchini plants it's time to harvest them. At approximately 4 to 5 weeks is the magic number! Harvest time is typically best first thing in the morning.
First, you’ll need to identify the male from the female blossoms. I’m going to get scientific here for a moment so please bear with me. Do you know what a stamen is? Look in the middle of the flower, there’s a long stem-like coming out of it which is covered with pollen (check out my picture) - the arrow is pointing at the stamen.
The blossoms with the shorter (multiple) stamens in the middle are females, whereas, the ones with the longer (single) stems are males. Also, look at the back of the flower ~ the one with a rounder base is the female. That round base will eventually be what you know as the zucchini plant. The male blossom will not have this, but instead, you'll just see one long stem attached to the blossom. Easy!
There’s no difference in flavor between a male or female blossom, BUT, one thing to remember, when harvesting out the female ones, you’ll have less zucchini to harvest later on, since it will not be able to pollinate. So be sure to leave a few.
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