Tuesday, July 8, 2008

baked stuffed squash blossoms

we have more male squash blossoms in our garden than we need right now (there only needs to be ONE male flower available for any female flower currently in bloom). a good thing to do with the extras is to pick 'em in the morning before they wilt and put them in a bowl of cool water until you're ready to deal with them. let's say you've got 4 or 5 good-sized squash blossoms...

get out your sun oven, and let it heat up to around 350.

meanwhile, compile your ingredients.

here's what i used, but you may not have exactly the same things on hand and will need to improvise. i'm big on improvisation (not only in cooking, but in other things too...). for example, you may not have silken tofu on hand, but maybe you eat dairy and have some grated cheese. you could add that instead. you may not have bob's mill gluten free cornbread mix. but you could use some plain cornmeal and add a little bit of baking powder.


1 egg
a few tablespoons of finely-chopped red onion
1/4 cup silken tofu
3/4 cup bob's mill gluten free cornbread mix
a splash of unsweetened soy milk
4 tablespoons olive oil
chopped fresh herbs, such as oregano & thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
fresh ground black pepper

mix this all together thoroughly with a fork, being sure to mash the tofu into the batter.

oil the bottom of your black enamel sun oven pot, or cut a piece of baking parchment to fit.

remove the male flower parts from the inside of your flowers.

spoon the filling into each flower as far as you can without it spilling out between the petals. fold the tops of the petals over, overlapping them to enclose the filling.

place the stuffed blossom, top down, in your oiled pot.

repeat with remaining flowers.

put the lid on, and place the pot in your sun oven.

check back in about 35 minutes if your oven is at a pretty constant 350.
adjust accordingly if it's lower or higher.

when your blossoms are fully cooked, they should look something like this picture. ours have been tasting out of this world. i hope yours do too!!

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