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Panko Fried Courgette Flowers With Halloumi and Sage

Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4

Notes

Panko fried courgette flowers

Panko fried courgette flowers

You'll need

  • 2-3 courgette flowers per person
  • 200g halloumi cheese
  • handful sage leaves
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 2-3 tbsp plain flower
  • 2-3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying

To make them

  1. Clean and prepare the courgette flowers as above.
  2. Cut the halloumi into strips or chunks which are large enough to fit inside.
  3. Wrap a piece of halloumi with some sage leaves and then carefully place a piece inside each flower.  You might want a couple of pieces depending on how large your flowers are.
  4. Put the flour into one bowl, the panko crumbs into another bowl and the beaten egg into a third bowl and line them up side by side near the cooker.
  5. Heat the oil to around 190C and prepare a platter with some kitchen roll nearby.
  6. Gently pick a stuff flower up at the petal end so the filling doesn't fall out.  Dip it into the egg, then the flour and then finally coat with panko crumbs and pop gently into the hot oil.
  7. Fry the flower until golden brown on all sides which should take about 3 minutes.
  8. Repeat until all the flowers are fried and then serve with some crème fraiche.
I also prepared a quick salad of cubed raw courgettes and peas and leftover halloumi.  A red pepper or tomato dip also works really well.