Squash blossoms baked with Taleggio and almonds

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Squash blossoms baked with Taleggio and almonds
(Los Angeles Times)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the almonds in a baking dish and toast 4 to 5 minutes, just until golden brown. Remove and cool.


Rinse and dry the blossoms. Remove the pistils if you want. Cut the cheese into slivers about half an inch across and 2 inches long, or to size to fit into the blossoms. Carefully open the blossoms and slide the cheese in. Add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of almonds into each blossom.


Butter a glass baking dish large enough to hold all the blossoms in a single layer. Arrange the blossoms in it. Drizzle with the remaining butter, particularly around the stem ends. Season with pepper to taste. Bake until the cheese is melting and the blossoms are soft, 15 minutes. Serve hot.

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