Crunchy zucchini flowers stuffed with haloumi, mint and ginger

Crunchy zucchini flowers stuffed with haloumi, mint and ginger

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Turquoise
Serves
4
Photographer
Lisa Cohen and William Meppem

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 baby zucchini with flowers attached
vegetable oil
olive oil
plain flour, for dusting
2 eggs, lightly beaten with a little water
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Sumac crumbs

Quantity Ingredient
2 limes, finely zested
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly roasted and crushed
2 teaspoons ground sumac
200g dried breadcrumbs

Haloumi stuffing

Quantity Ingredient
100g haloumi, washed
50g mozzarella
1 small garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt
generous pinch ground cardamom
generous grind black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely shredded
1 heaped teaspoon mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried mint

Method

  1. To make the crumbs, leave the lime zest out on a plate to dry overnight or put it into a very low oven for 30 minutes. This will intensify the lime flavour. Mix the zest with the remaining ingredients and set aside.
  2. To make the stuffing, grate the haloumi and mozzarella into a bowl. Crush the garlic with the salt and stir into the bowl with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Carefully open each zucchini flower and pinch out the stamen. Roll a lump of the cheese stuffing into a thumb-sized sausage shape and gently stuff it into the flower. Twist the top of the flower to seal.
  4. Heat equal quantities of the oils in a deep-fryer or saucepan to 200ºC. Set up a little production line of flour, egg wash and the crumb mixture. Dust each zucchini flower lightly with flour, then dip it into the egg and, finally, gently roll it in the crumbs.
  5. Carefully fry the flowers in the hot oil, no more than four at a time, until the crumbs turn crisp and golden. Remove and drain on kitchen paper, and repeat with the remaining flowers. Season lightly and serve straight away.
Tags:
Turquoise
Malouf
Greg
Lucy
Turkish
Turkey
Mediterranean
European
Middle Eastern
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