A delicate, beautiful summery starter using courgette flowers. Frances Atkins' exciting recipe features cream cheese, Parma ham and chives and calls for the flowers to be coated in a tempura batter and deep fried to create a great starter or even a snack.

Chop the olives and Parma ham, then mix together with the cream cheese and chives. Season the cream cheese mixture, form into four equal balls and place one inside each courgette flower, bending over the tops to make them into little parcels
Make the tempura batter by lightly whisking together the flour, water and a pinch of salt
Dip the courgette flowers into the batter and deep-fry at 180ºC for about 2 minutes until crisp and golden. Drain well and season lightly
Arrange the mint leaves on a plate, and place the cooked courgette flowers on top
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Stuffed courgette flowers

Tempura batter

  • 90g of self-raising flour
  • 200ml of sparkling water
  • salt



  1. Deep fat fryer

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Frances Atkins' delicate stuffed courgette flowers recipe is both classic and innovative. Frances calls for the courgette flowers to be enrobed in a tempura batter and then deep fried

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To make a fully Vegetarian dish out of this and to keep it Mediterranean, exchange the Parma ham for sundried tomatoes – delicious!!
15 August 2012