Nice Matin
201 W. 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-NICE

Squash Blossom Beignets
Chef Andy D’Amico of Nice Matin Restaurant – New York, NY
Adapted by StarChefs

While the term beignet may call to mind the New Orleans breakfast treat smothered in confectioner’s sugar, it is really just another expression for a fritter. Chef D’Amico’s savory version is a lightly battered and fried squash blossom, served with lemon wedges and marinara dipping sauce.

Yield: 12 servings

  • 1 cup ice water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg whites, beaten firm, no peaks
  • 12 squash blossoms
  • Canola oil, for frying

Combine water, olive oil and whole eggs in a large bowl. Sift dry ingredients and mix into liquid. Let stand 1 hour. Fold in beaten egg whites just before use.

Clean squash blossoms, leaving some of the stem. Remove the small green spikes at the base.

Heat oil in deep fat fryer to 360° F. Holding the blossoms by the stem, dip in the batter one at a time and drop into the fat. Turn blossoms to insure even cooking. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Season with salt. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and marinara sauce if desired.

Wine Pairing:
A rosé champagne such as Moet Chandon Brut Rosé NV

Published: July 2004