Cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms w/fresh toma

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
16 \N To 18 zucchini blossoms
½ cup Grated Jack cheese
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 \N Jalapeno, seeded and chopped
½ cup Chopped prosciutto or ham
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
1 teaspoon Chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 \N Onion, chopped
4 larges Tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons Chopped parsley
1 medium Tomato, peeled, seeded diced and drained
\N \N Salt and pepper to taste
\N \N Olive oil (abt. 2 tb.)
1 cup Dry white wine
1 tablespoon Tomato paste

FILLING

TOMATO SAUCE

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Mix filling ingredients, adding tomato last. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stuff squash blossoms carefully with about 1 tb. of filling each; don't overfill. Drizzle olive oil over blossoms. Place in a well-oiled shallow casserole. Cover dish with foil and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer. While squash blossoms are baking, prepare sauce. Spoon sauce over squash blossoms and serve immediately or serve at room temperature.

To make the tomato sauce, heat olive oil in a skillet. Add onion and saute until softened. Add tomatoes, wine and tomato paste. Let mixture cook uncovered until reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 as a main dish.

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