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Spiced Edamame

Servings

8 ½ cup servings

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (1-pound) bag frozen edamame, in the pod (green soy beans)

Directions:

Heat the salt, chili powder, and pepper flakes in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring until hot and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and crumble in the oregano.

Boil the edamame pods in salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and pat dry. Toss the edamame pods with the chili-salt and serve warm.

Information about Edamame:

Edamame in Japan and Mao Dou in China is a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the “hardening” time. The word Edamame means “Beans on Branches,” and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. To retain the freshness and its natural flavor, it is parboiled and quick-frozen. In East Asia, the soybean has been used for over two thousand years as a major source of protein. Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are lightly boiled in salted water, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers.

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