Week 30: Mashed Edamame

29 Jul

I’m not sure if this week was a cop out or not. I’ve had edamame a million times and I love it. But I’d never had mashed edamame before… does that count? Well, this week it does.

Andrew and I went to Elephant Walk the other day. We’d been there before and both loved it. Last time I got the grouper, but this time I wanted to try something different so I got the special: haddock with sauteed vegetables and mashed edamame.

Edamame is young soybeans, still in the pod, and is usually found in Japan, China, Korea, and Hawaii. I found a great article in Cooking Light that gives a great overview of edamame:

The Japanese have long snacked on edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh), or fresh soybeans. But Americans are catching on to their charms. Not least among their merits is a buttery, nutty flavor and wonderfully crisp texture that makes edamame a fun snack food that’s addictive to eat. You simply use your teeth to squeeze the beans out of the salted pods, which are picked while young and look like large, fuzzy sugar snap peas. The beans themselves are similar in color to fresh fava or lima beans.

I’ve usually eaten edamame as an appetizer and it’s a salty, delicious snack, but it’s also very healthy, low in fat and high in protein and fiber. The Cooking Light article goes onto say:

All of this makes edamame one of the most nutritious soy products. “Tofu is considered the classic health food, but it’s highly processed,” says Mark Messina, soy expert and adjunct nutrition professor at Loma Linda University in California. When tofu’s processed, all the fiber gets tossed out, Messina says, but “edamame is the whole bean, which means it has all the fiber.”

After eating at Elephant Walk I googled some mashed edamame recipes. Some were simply edamame mashed with vegetable stock and salt and pepper, while some called for soy sauce, lemon, and olive oil. I’m not sure what was in the mashed edamame at Elephant Walk, but I didn’t like it as much as regular edamame. It was salty, but it had another taste competing with it that I didn’t love. It wasn’t bad – at all – but it wasn’t my favorite. I would have loved a side dish of mashed potatoes or a bowl of edamame instead.

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