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Squash Blossom and Garlic Frittata

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 Squash Blossom and Garlic Frittata Squash Blossom and Garlic Frittata

- Amanda

Somewhere, in a book, I read about how Italians make frittatas with zucchini blossoms. Because they can. And over the years I've been training myself to make thinner frittatas with fewer ingredients and to let them cool to room temperature, like Italians do. Because everything they do seems better than what we do.

This past weekend, a farmer at my local greenmarket was practically giving away giant bags of squash blossoms. So I bought some, and his eggs, as well. Italian bliss was within grasp.

The garlic scapes in my fridge gave me a forlorn look, so they got in on the action, too. I sliced the scapes and softened them in butter and olive oil. I spread the blossoms on top, let them wilt, poured in the eggs, and let the oven do the rest of the work.

The only dicey part of this recipe comes at the end when you invert the frittata onto a serving dish or cutting board. Either commit to taking charge and flipping it quickly, or play it safe and serve it from the pan. I won't judge you.

Squash Blossom and Garlic Frittata

Serves 4 to 6 as a first course
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 5 garlic scapes, thinly sliced, or 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 12 large zucchini blossoms, stems trimmed to 1 inch

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Like this post? See Amanda's post from last week: Beet Greens and Beet Pickles

 

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over 3 years ago cooking varieties

this is unique.. never seen this recipe before. i wonder if other winter squash blooms can be eayen too.. the above looks delicious

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over 3 years ago cookingathome

Looks delicious. You would think that squash blossoms would be more readily available here in the Garden State. I rarely, if ever, see them. They bring back memories of my grandmother's kitchen;
I like to slice thin wedges of frittata and serve them at room temperature with drinks.

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over 3 years ago AlainB

Wow, perfect, I will definitely try as I have those exact ingredients in my garden and fridge.

I think you should consider a Your Best CSA Recipe contest...

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over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Love that idea -- thanks, Alain!

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over 3 years ago the musician, who cooks

Are garlic scapes the same thing as green garlic?

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over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Garlic scapes are the flowering stalks of garlic, and green garlic is immature garlic, so it sometimes looks like a scallion and sometimes looks more like a miniature head of garlic. You could use either in this recipe.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum! I check blossoms for bees n critters before cooking.

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over 3 years ago fo

does anyone know how long scape season is?

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over 3 years ago mainecook61

The scapes appear a few weeks before the garlic is mature and ready to pull for curing. They're twisty, and when they kind of straighten out and the plant begins to yellow, it's time to lift the garlic (which in the northeast was planted last fall). Some people don't bother with them and others cut them off, since they're the flower and might take energy away from the bulb. My garlic, planted last October in Maine, is ready to pull now.

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over 3 years ago fo

thanks!

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over 3 years ago fo

how funny, i posted a squash blossom frittata to my food52 recipe box last week! i used zucchini and cherry bomb peppers though. nice with the scapes. thanks for the idea!

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Classic Italian. Love it. I too am fighting the American urge to make thick fritattas!

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over 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Beautiful! Can't wait to try it.

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over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love the re-purposing of squash blossoms. And I say re-purposing because it is a word I love (and was reminded of by wssmom) and because I have only ever had zucchini blossoms stuffed with cheese and deep-fried! Great.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

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I love to make frittata, it's a perfect meal and there are so many wonderful variations. I love the squash blossoms in it and will definitely give that a try. Thank you for posting this.

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over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I like making them with my kids because I can cook the aromatics while they whisk the eggs. They pour the eggs into the pan and the oven time seems magical to them.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Love the frittata tips. My zukes have taken over in the garden, so there are plenty of blossoms with which to experiment. Perfect summer food.

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over 3 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

Yum! That looks wonderful. What are you doing with the green tomatoes? Inquiring minds want to know...

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over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Will post about those next week!