A popular farmer's market item we sell this time of year is baby squash and zucchini with the blossoms still attached. The blossoms are not only edible, but a delicacy. They are most commonly stuffed with cheese and herbs and fried. It is well worth the effort to eat them this way, but if you do not have the time try this less involved and healthier option.
Squash with blossoms layered on top of a pizza crust with fresh onions and tomatoes. The flavors cannot be beat. We did not have basil on ours, but it would be a nice addition.
Take a basic pizza crust (we recommend making your own, but store bought is fine) and spread olive oil across the top. Layer tomatoes, onions, cheese (we like fontina) and top with the squash/zucchini with blossoms (halved lenghtwise) or just blossoms. Add salt and bake according to crust directions, typically about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
My mouth is watering at the memory of it and I cannot wait to make another one soon.
Sometimes we will make a similar pizza with a loaf of bread from the farmer's market cut in half lenghtwise. This is a quick and easy meal that also tastes fresh and healthy. With the farm in full swing and a 5 month old, I am always looking for fast meals that maintain a home cooked flavor. Of course, we are working with our raw vegetable ingredients it can be a challenge sometimes, but eating well is one of the most important things in life to us.
Please pass on any and all of your favorite fast, but delicious dishes like this.
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