On a warm Spring afternoon we added Fried Elderflowers or fiori di sambuco fritti to the menu - these edible flowers when fried in a beer batter create a light, crunchy, aromatic antipasti/appetizer!
Serve with the same beer you used in the batter, in our case, local craft beer from Apecchio's Collessi Brewery. The flowers have a floral-lemony flavor that pair perfect with Prosecco as well.
The key to this recipe is keeping all the ingredients - including the bowl & whisk in the fridge!! It is a very light/loose batter that becomes nice & crispy!
|Elderflowers or Sambuco from the tree in our front yard|
|Fried Elderflowers in Beer Batter|
Here is a short 2 minute video taken during a May Cooking Class just the other day - on the menu: Fried Elderflowers, Homemade Ravioli stuffed with Greens & Ricotta in a 'Sugo al Momento' or Sauce of the Moment and 2 Crostata's: Fresh Strawberries and Fig Jam with Pine Nuts. It was a lovely lunch but the elderflowers stole the show!
Beer Batter for Elderflowers and Squash/Zucchini Blossoms
*It is very important to have all the ingredients as cold as possible, including: flour, bowl, whisk/whip, etc.
12-15 flowers (sambuco/elderflower or squash blossoms), it is important to keep the stem long to use it as a 'stir-stick' when frying.
bottle of beer (or seltzer water - but it won't be as crispy)
sea salt (for sprinkling on top before you serve)
Add a couple of handfuls of cold flour to a cold bowl, with a cold whisk add cold beer steadily mixing until you develop a light thin batter without lumps that will coat a spoon. (Think of a thin crepe batter.) - Watch the video for an example.
Once at desired consistency, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
Heat oil to 350 F / 175 C - be sure to use a thermometer.
Clean your flowers. Elderflowers: give a little shake and check for bugs. Squash Blossoms: remove the pistil & stamen.
Dip the flower in the batter holding on to the stem. Allow access batter to drip off. While holding the stem of the flower, place in the hot oil in a slow swirling motion thru the oil. (This avoids clumping).
Fry for 20-30 seconds, until golden brown. Be sure to maintain the temperature of your oil.
Place on the fried flowers on brown paper and sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately!
Serve with beer or prosecco - something bubbly!!