Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Edamame - Plus Recipes!

While once featured in vegetarian dishes and so-called "health food" recipes, edamame have been turning up in recipes featured in mainstream magazines such as Taste of Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living and Family Circle these days. You have the unique opportunity to buy your edamame fresh at this time of year. Stop by the Farmers' Market tomorrow (Friday) in Coudersport and buy some to try.
By popular request, here are some recipes featuring edamame.

Edamame Appetizer
Cook 1 lb. of washed edamame (soybeans in the pod) in salted boiling water until tender, about 4 minutes, and immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain in a colander and pat dry. Toss edamame with salt (coarse salt or Kosher salt works best) and freshly-ground pepper to taste and serve with additional salt and pepper on the side.
(Please note that edamame may be cooked 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before tossing with pepper and salt.)

Edamame Hummus
3 cups shelled edamame
2 cloves garlic
2 Tb. tahini
3 Tb. fresh lemon juice
2 Tb. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Bring shelled edamame to a boil in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover and  occasionally, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and run under cold water. Pulse edamame, garlic, tahini, juice, oil, salt, cumin and pepper in a food processor until mixture desired consistency add additional oil or water if too thick. Cover and refrigerate until party time. Serve with vegetables or  pita toasts for dipping.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's Edamame Time In Potter County

We took a couple of days off for the Labor Day weekend and traveled to Annapolis, Md. for some spectacular Drum Corps competition. In our absence, fruits and vegetables continued ripening and we found loads of edamame ready for the harvest.
If you haven't yet tried these tasty storehouses of nutrition, I suggest you buy a pound and try them.
I took a dip made of edamames I had put in the freezer last fall to a potluck gathering recently and received rave reviews.
We have a very good supply and if they don't sell, I know what we'll be doing -- though the freezer space is waiting for the arrival of a moose ....
Look for this ad on the local "news" blog -