Crab-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers Recipe

May 25, 2011 9:15 am

Eric Ripert turns flowers into kickass apps

Only Eric Ripert could make squash blossoms so awesome (though you can try)
Only Eric Ripert could make squash blossoms so awesome (though you can try)
 

These large yellow blossoms are the flowers that form on the fruit of the zucchini plant. They have a beautiful color, a delicate texture and a slight peppery taste. Filled with a creamy mixture of sweet crabmeat, they are steamed and then dressed with a creamy mustard butter sauce.

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Zucchini Flowers
8 ounces Peekytoe crabmeat
2 tablespoons creme fraiche
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
Piment d'Espelette, (A spice from the Basque country, can be found in specialty stores or on- line)
Zuccini Flowers
12 large Zucchini flowers, stamens removed
Mustard Butter Sauce
1 tablespoon water
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
Directions: 
  1. Combine the crabmeat, crème fraîche, lemon juice and zest, and chives in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt, white pepper and piment d’Espelette. Using a small spoon or a piping bag, gently stuff each zucchini flower three-quarters full with the crab mixture.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until the all of the butter is emulsified. Whisk in both mustards and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set the butter sauce aside and keep warm.
  3. Place a large pot filled with 2 inches of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Place the stuffed zucchini flowers in a steamer insert, then set the steamer in the pot. Cover and steam until the crab filling is hot, about 3 minutes.
  4. Place 3 zucchini flowers on each of 4 plates. Stir the chives into the mustard butter sauce, spoon the sauce over and around the stuffed flowers and serve immediately.
Level of Difficulty: 
Moderate
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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