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Edamame Nachos


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If the title of this post sounds gross…..just put that skepticism aside and give it a chance.  You have to; you’re obviously a foodie or you wouldn’t be here, right?

 I had this bag of frozen shelled edamame peas in my freezer for a while and I decided to get them out and play around a little.  I was craving Mexican food, and yes I know that’s nothing new.

I have seen recipes for edamame dip, edamame spread, etc. and I thought if they put refried beans on nachos, why not edamame – they’re both beans (or peas) – who cares if they’re green.  I’ll eat anything.  Well, almost anything.  It has to taste good.  And I prefer it not be sweet.  😉 

Edamame Nachos

My edamame peas were frozen, so I had to heat a small pan of water on high, then let them boil for 3 minutes to get them “done”.   

~Mise En Place~

About 1 cup cooked, shelled edamame peas

1 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp olive oil (you will need to judge this on your own – I think I might have used more)

1 tbsp Lawry’s seasoned salt

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tbsp dried cilantro

Large restaurant style tortilla chips

Plenty of Monterey Jack , or your cheese of choice

~Directions~

Heat oven to 425°.  Place the edamame, lemon juice, olive oil salt, cumin and cilantro in a food processor.  Pulse until pureed – or almost.  Edamame is a little resistant and won’t get to pureed consistency as quickly as other beans do.  Just give in – it will be good.  Continue to add olive oil until it looks like (and tastes) you want it to.

Spread a thin layer of the edamame mixture on the tortilla chips.  Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, then sprinkle with cheese.   Bake for 5-7 minutes, watching carefully.  Remove from oven when the cheese is melted and the chips are browning around the edges. 

Let me just go ahead and apologize for that little jalapeno looking so sad.  I try so hard.  Good models are hard to come by these days.

Ok, so top with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos – whatever you like on your nachos.

You must try them –

Speaking of things in the freezer….I was recently given some venison and asked to come up with some recipes.  I made some meatballs with the ground part of it, but I have a tenderloin that I’m not so sure what to do with??? Any suggestions?  Please let me know!

Have a great week and make sure to check back for our challenge ingredient on Friday! 

~Dixie Chik~

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8 Comments

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    February 8, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Those nachos sound really good! I like that you didn’t put all those extras on top… this sounds so much better!

  • Lauren
    February 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Genius!! I love this idea Shea. Keep it up 🙂

  • Becky
    February 8, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    I do not eat beans, especially, refried beans, so I’m anxious to try these. I even have a bag of edamames in the freezer:)
    Thanks for the idea!

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    February 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Wow these nachos look delicious! I would’ve never thought of adding edamame to mine. Great recipe!

  • lizzy
    February 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Wow, what an ingenious way to use edamame! Your photos are making my mouth water 🙂

  • carolinaheartstrings
    February 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Who would have thought! They look wonderful.

  • JenniferA
    February 7, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    That bright green color is making me think spring! I think edamame needs a little something, so this looks like it would fit the bill and give them the kick they need. Very creative.

  • Dixie Chik
    February 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Thanks Jennifer! They were very, very good.

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