Squash Blossom Grilled Cheese

by on April 12, 2011

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The delicate, bright yellow flowers that squash produce before developing into the full vegetable are not only gorgeous to look at, but also edibly fabulous when filled with cheese. I procured some fresh squash blossoms this weekend from the renowned Chino Farm, filled them with goat cheese, herbs, shallots and garlic, tempura-fried them and nestled them onto sourdough bread with a sprinkling of some stretchy mozzarella. Squash Blossom Grilled Cheese was outrageously good.

Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are just starting to emerge in the farmers markets around here, it’s still a little early in the season. My husband and I finally tried them for the first time at a restaurant about a month ago – I’ve been dreaming about how I could translate them into grilled cheese ever since.

Tempura Squash Blossoms

The squash blossom grilled cheese concept is actually not too big of a leap. Squash blossoms are quite often stuffed with goat cheese or ricotta as appetizers (the tempura squash blossom appetizers I used for this sandwich, pictured above, are light as can be with huge fresh herb flavor). And, as I’ve been reading, squash blossom quesadillas are especially popular in Oaxaca, Mexico.

You can taste absolutely everything that goes into this sandwich. The squash blossom, which is fried for just one minute, retains its gentle texture as well as the crunch of the tempura. The herbed goat cheese flavors remind me a bit of my Green Goddess Grilled Cheese, minus the lemon or anchovies. I added just a little bit of stretchy mozzarella cheese to bring it all together in the sandwich and brushed olive oil on the bread to make it extra crispy.

There’s a bit of prep involved with this one, but wow, it’s worth it!

Squash Blossom Grilled Cheese

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1 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 13, 2011 at 5:20 am

This has got to be the most creative grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever seen! Awesome idea and perfect execution :).

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2 Kathy April 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

Thank you so much, Lauren!

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3 Louise April 13, 2011 at 6:07 am

Ingenious recipe Kathy! And to think, yesterday was National Grilled Cheese Day! I’m saving this for sure! (there’s always next year:) I’m sure the prep work is worth every single bite.

Thank you so much for sharing…
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4 marla April 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

Such an elegant grilled cheese recipe. Girl, you are so creative 🙂

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5 Maria April 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

YUM!! Great creation!

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6 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I have been wanting to try squash blossoms for a while and this grilled sounds like a great idea!

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7 Tickled Red April 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

Now why have I never thought of doing that? That is a brillant use of squash blossoms.
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8 Maris (In Good Taste) April 15, 2011 at 1:57 am

Now this is a grilled cheese! Wonderful!
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9 Tasha @ Voracious April 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

There are few things I love more than a good grilled cheese! We can’t get squash with blossoms attached here in Saudi Arabia, unfortunately, BUT I’ve started my own veggie garden and squash is one of the starts. Fingers crossed before too long I’ll be able to make this dish.

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10 Kim - Liv Life April 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

My dad always loved his squash blossoms and I always thought he was funny for eating flowers. I’m going to give these a try! (Dad will be thrilled!!)
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11 Firefly April 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

This looks so wonderful and yummy! I have to try squash blossoms and your recipe sounds perfect for it 🙂

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12 Elle April 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’ve never had squash blossoms, but this would be an amazing place to start! Fabulous sandwich, Kathy!
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13 Adam April 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I liked the “stuffed squash blossoms” idea but what to stuff them with? Vegan cheese, tofu mash, rice, herbed quinoa? Would I serve them raw or fried? I decided to go classic. With recipe inspiration from one of my friends. She raved about Ricotta-Stuffed and fried Squash Blossoms that she had eaten in Italy. And I knew I could veganize that idea…
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14 LuLu August 10, 2011 at 4:57 am

What kind of bread was used for the Squash Blossom Grilled Cheese?

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15 Kathy August 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

I used sourdough bread in the recipe.

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