Susan jung’s recipes for cheese-filled zucchini blossoms and pork-stuffed squid _ post magazine _ south china morning post

There are some ingredients that just cry out to be stuffed. Chicken fingers for kids I’m not talking about whole chicken or turkey, which actually taste better if the stuffing is cooked separately (although I suppose it shouldn’t really be called stuffing then). Breading for chicken fingers But the likes of zucchini blossoms, other types of squash, chillies and squid all have natural cavities that can be stuffed with a delicious filling before cooking.

You should use this recipe soon because the season for zucchini blossoms is brief.

Best baked chicken fingers recipe They’re not the easiest ingredient to source: I’ve seen them in Hong Kong a few times in shops such as Great, and in wet markets. Baked chicken fingers healthy I have found other types of squash blossoms, though, and you can substitute those as long as they’re not too large. Crispy chicken fingers baked Your best bet for zucchini blossoms is buying them online from Buonissimo, where you can also find ingredients for the accompanying antipasti platter.

Take the ricotta from its packaging and place it in a colander on a triple layer of paper towels. Southern fried chicken fingers Leave in the fridge for about an hour, to drain off excess moisture.

Prepare the zucchini blossoms. Chicken fingers fried Very gently separate the leaves without tearing them, then reach inside and carefully pinch off the pistil or stamen.

Blot the anchovies on paper towels to remove the excess oil. Crispy chicken fingers recipe fried Finely chop the anchovies, then mix them with the ricotta, parmesan and some black pepper. What goes good with chicken fingers Taste the mixture and add salt, if needed (the anchovies and parmesan are salty). Shake and bake chicken fingers Mix in the egg. What to eat with chicken fingers Scoop the mixture into a piping bag fitted with an 8mm plain tip. Sides for chicken fingers Pipe the mixture into the zucchini blossoms, filling them as much as possible without over­stuffing them (you’ll need someone to

help you with this: one person to hold the zucchini blossoms with the petals together and an opening at the top, the other to do the piping). Best fried chicken fingers recipe Shape the petals around the mixture to enclose it entirely.

Mix the batter just before frying the blossoms. Kids chicken fingers Put the flour in a bowl and mix in one teaspoon of salt. Crispy oven chicken fingers Add the cold soda water to the bowl and mix it in with a pair of chopsticks: do not overmix; the batter should be slightly lumpy. How to make chicken fingers from scratch Dip your finger into the batter to check the consistency. Recipe of chicken fingers The batter should lightly coat your finger; if it’s too thin, mix in a little more flour.

When the oil is hot enough, dip a zucchini blossom into the batter to coat it entirely, then place it in the oil. Recipe for homemade chicken fingers Fry several blossoms at a time but do not overcrowd the pan. Recipes using chicken fingers Fry the blossoms, turning them over as needed, until the batter is firm and pale golden (two to three minutes). How to make chicken fingers in oven Drain on paper towels then serve as part of an antipasti platter.

Clean the squid by pulling the tentacles and head from the body. How to make crispy chicken fingers Remove the innards, transparent quill and ink sac from the body and discard. How to deep fry chicken fingers Pull off and discard the skin. Deep fried chicken fingers batter Cut the head and beak from the tentacles. How to cook chicken fingers in oven Finely chop the tentacles and mix them with the pork, garlic, spring onion, chopped coriander, fish sauce, sugar, salt and white pepper. How to make breaded chicken fingers Dry the squid bodies with paper towels then loosely stuff the meat mixture into the cavities – do not pack it in. Chicken with fingers Secure the opening of the body with a toothpick. Chicken fingers pictures Lay the stuffed squid on a heat-proof dish. How to bread chicken fingers Shape the leftover meat mixture into balls about 2cm in diameter and lay them on the dish.

Heat water in the bottom of a tiered steamer and, when it boils, place the dish of squid and meatballs on a rack. Homemade chicken fingers oven Cover the steamer with the lid and steam the ingredients for 10 minutes, or until cooked.

While the squid is steaming, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Chicken breast fingers Mix in 20ml of water then taste, adjusting the seasonings as needed. Homeade chicken fingers If it’s too strong, add a little more water.

When the squid is cooked, take the dish from the steamer. How long to cook chicken fingers in oven Lay the squid and meatballs on a serving plate, then drizzle the sauce on top. Who invented chicken fingers Garnish with the coriander sprigs and serve immediately.