Fried Zucchini Flowers

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Fried Zucchini Flowers

provided by Banfi
Fiori di Zucca Fritti

1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp. Castello Banfi "Extra-Virgin" olive oil
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 cup milk
20 zucchini flowers, still closed
5 anchovy fillets
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Salsa Balsamica Etrusca (or good quality Balsamic vinegar)
Salt and pepper

Combine flour and oil with enough water to obtain a not-too-liquid batter. Soak the bread crumbs in the milk and strain it. Shorten the stem of the zucchini flowers, take out the pistil and stuff with the bread crumbs mixed with the anchovy fillets and parsley. Coat the flowers with batter and fry in boiling oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drain on kitchen towel. Sprinkle generously with Salsa Balsamica and serve immediately, hot and crispy.

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