Baked: If deep frying turns you off, or you just want to try something different, you could stuff the blossoms with cheese – savory or sweet – and then bake them in the oven. Steaming is another healthy option.
• Recipe inspiration: Waldy Malouf’s Baked Squash Blossoms with Ricotta and Honey, from New York magazine
Pasta: We sometimes gently tear or make a chiffonade of squash blossoms to serve over pasta, risotto, or salad. The blossoms can also be cooked into a pasta sauce. This is one of our favorite recipes.
• Recipe inspiration: Pappardelle with Zucchini Blossom Sauce, from Orangette
Quesadilla: Squash blossoms are abundant in Mexico, where they are known as flores de calabaza. There's something very satisfying about the combination of the mildly sweet, squash-y blossoms with creamy cheese.
• Recipe inspiration: Squash Blossom Quesadillas, from Homesick Texan
Soup: How about a fresh, summery soup with squash blossoms, zucchini, and corn?
• Recipe inspiration: Golden Squash Blossom Crema, from Rick Bayless
Any other ideas? Share them in the comments!
(Images: Emily Ho, Kathryn Hill)