This recipe for stuffed zucchini flowers bursts with flavour, thanks to fresh bunches of dill, parsley and mint. You won't be able to stop at one!
Remove the stems, sepals and pistils from the zucchini flowers.
Generously coat the base of a 3-4 litre pot with olive oil and heat on a medium-high flame.
Coarsely chop the onions, add them to the pot and sauté until they just start to brown.
Add the tomato passata and stir through (alternatively, for a lighter, fresher tomato flavour, substitute the
passata with fresh tomato puree made from ripe tomatoes). Rinse the tomato passata / puree vessel with half
a cup of water and add this to the pot. Stir through and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the salt and pepper.
Chop all the herbs, add them to the pot and stir them through.
Add the rice, stir through and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Set aside the pot with the filling mixture.
Lightly coat the base of a baking dish with olive oil.
Carefully hold a flower, drawing the petals away from the centre of the flower, and fill it with 1-2 spoonfuls of the filling mixture. Do not overfill the flower. Fold over each of the petals in turn to seal and hold the filling in place.
Place the stuffed flower in the baking dish, with the top of the flower resting against the side of the dish. Continue until a full row has been placed in the baking dish.
Arrange the next row of stuffed flowers so that the top of each flower rests against the base of a flower in the first row.
Continue until all the flowers have been filled and arranged in the baking dish.
Drizzle the stuffed flowers with a little more olive oil and season them with salt.
Add 1½ cups of water to the baking dish.
Place the baking dish in an oven preheated to 180°C.
Bake the flowers for half an hour.
Then carefully turn all the flowers over and add another cup of water to the baking dish. Bake the flowers for another half hour.
Serve and enjoy!
You can cook any leftover filling by using the rice absorption method.
Transfer any leftover filling to a smaller pot, add water (two parts water to one part filling) and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, place a vented lid on the pot and cook till all the water has been absorbed.
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