Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fried Baby Zucchini In Beer Batter

We have David's parents staying with us at the moment and we all headed along to the Noosa Farmers Market on Sunday morning to check out the fantastic fresh, local produce.  I spied some beautiful, fresh, baby zucchinis with flowers and asked my mother-in-law, Rosetta, to make some for us as they are delicious!  She didn't need to be asked twice, she loves her cooking and I am the luckiest daughter-in-law around as I am treated with a constant supply of home-made Italian food.

Here is her recipe, they were quick and easy to make and boy, did they taste good!!  I ate so many that I even dreamed about them that night.
 
Ingredients:
  • Baby zucchini with flowers attached (see photo above)
  • 1 lemon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • Beer
  • Lemon
Cut the woody little stalks off the bottom of the zucchini stem and cut the zucchini stem and flower in half (if you are using only the flower with no zucchini attached then there is no need to cut it in half).  Remove the little head from the middle of the flower.
Season with pepper and salt and let rest for half an hour or so.  To form the beer batter mix together 1 cup of flour, pepper and salt, one beaten egg and add some beer to taste.  Pat dry the zucchini and dip  into the batter and then into the deep fryer for 3-4 minutes until golden.  You don't have to use a deep fryer, we just used oil in a shallow frypan which worked just as well.  Then you just put them onto some paper towel (to absorb some of the oil) and eat!  We tried ours with a squeeze of lemon, delicous!  The other way you can cook them is to bbq them - if you are going to do them like this then there is no need to batter them, just season them, let them stand for half an hour and then bbq for a few minutes with some olive oil.