Recently I bought a box of vegetables from Plowshare Farms. Its week-to-week CSA is a great deal: on Monday, farmer Teddy emails out a list of his harvest for that week, and for $25, you can get an assorted box delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday. (Or not – you’re not locked in to ordering every week.) I got tomatoes, turnips, sorrel leaves, squash, gherkins, chard, basil lettuce, mouse melons… and lots of things I am not remembering. The fridge basically looked like the habitat for a woodland creature.
But one of the unadvertised little surprises that came with it was a tub of squash blossoms.
I know you can stuff squash blossoms with cheese and deep fry them, but none of that sounds very healthy, nor frankly all that appealing. So I looked around the interwebs and found this Rick Bayless recipe for squash blossom soup. It’s pretty involved with the number of steps, but it also had the advantage of using up summer squash, corn, and potatoes I already had. Let’s do it!
You start by cooking onions, veg broth, and potatoes until fairly cooked…
…and then you add half the chopped squash blossoms…
…and puree it with the immersion blender into a creamy base
As that was happening, I roasted the poblano chiles, which have very little spice whatsoever, but do have great flavor.
Then you scrape off the char and dice it up.
I should pause at this point and mention that recipes with many steps are really mind over matter. Sure, you could be like, “There are 15 steps in this recipe. FORGET IT.” But not a single one of these steps is hard. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other. Like life, people. Like life.
Finally you add these chiles, the rest of the squash blossoms, and some other chopped veggies to the soup, along with some milk.
I opted not to add cream at the end, because I correctly suspected that it would be creamy and delicious without any more fat. The sweetness of the veggies is pronounced in this soup – such a perfect bowl of summer.
I realize this is a lot of work, but well worth it. And I was pretty proud that the squash blossoms didn’t just end up in the trash, victims of CSA-waste.