Cherry Tomatoes Wrapped in Squash Blossoms

I had purchased some squash blossoms from the Farmer’s Market, and I was trying to decide what to do with them. I usually stuff them with cheese and fry them, but I didn’t really want to fry anything. Then I remembered I had about a dozen cherry tomatoes left over from making a tomato and okra stew, and I realized I could put the tomatoes inside of the blossoms. Since I didn’t want to fry, and boiling obviously wouldn’t work, I thought I’d try baking them in the oven. I even went out and bought a pack of toothpicks to help this work.

I started by briefly marinating the tomatoes in a mix of lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, chile flakes, and marjoram. After tossing them in the mix and then letting them sit for a minute, I fitted them into the blossoms, from which I had removed the stamens. I pierced them through with the toothpicks to hold the tomato is place, and then lined them up on an aluminum baking pan and put it into a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes. This resulted in the blossoms becoming crispy and paper-like, dissolving in the mouth to make way for the pop of the juice, warm tomato. The seasoning wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be, but dipping the whole thing into the leftover marinade fixed that. It was basically a burst of early summer in my mouth.

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4 thoughts on “Cherry Tomatoes Wrapped in Squash Blossoms

  1. They look beautiful!! Never had squash blossoms – do they have any flavor on their own? Also, did you cut the cherry tomatoes, or marinate them whole?

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