I am back from my vacation and ready to get back into the swing of things. I have plenty of summer food adventures to tell you about but first I want to welcome Rachel from Not Rachael Ray on my blog today. She is here to tell you a little bit about herself and then share a fabulous edamame dip. Take a peek over to Not Rachel Ray for more great recipes and beautiful photographs! Let’s hear it for Rachel!
When Lisa sent out a request on Twitter for people willing to guest post on Jersey Girl Cooks, I jumped at the chance! I love to guest post because it introduces me to so many new people. And since Lisa’s blog is great, I know her readers must be awesome too! Thanks again for letting me hang out on your blog today, Lisa!
Please stop by my blog and tell me a little about yourself! Here are ten things you should know about me, five with substance, five…a little more random.
1. 1.I’m a family girl. I have a wonderful husband and an almost 11-month old daughter. They are my everything. I also have an amazing extended family and great in-laws.
2. 2. I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy at a busy hospital. I treat people recovering from surgeries, accidents, or illnesses. I spend time on pediatric units, orthopedic units, and in the intensive care unit. I love the variety and fast-paced setting that the hospital offers.
3. 3. Since our daughter was born, I’ve become a stay at home mom, but still work some weekends and during the summer when my husband is home with our daughter. I treasure both jobs so much.
4. 4. I love to cook and bake! Duh. I started my blog in February of this year and I love the way it challenges me to try new things in the kitchen.
5. 5. I don’t really like fish. I wish I did.
6. 6. I love macaroni and cheese and popcorn. I would these two things every day if I could.
7. 7. I love playing Scrabble, Boggle and card games. I would probably beat you in Scrabble. Sorry, it’s true.
8. 8. I love high heels but unfortunately I am 5’10” without them.
9. 9. I have a weird thing about people touching my knees. I hate it.
1 10. I love being outdoors and suffer through horrible allergies to enjoy some fresh air.
Alright, so that’s me, but let’s talk about this recipe! I love edamame, have you tried it? Have you heard of it? If you haven’t heard of it, edamame is a green soy bean picked before it has ripened. They can be steamed and eaten straight from the pod with a little salt, or they can be turned into this delicious dip! They are also a great add-in if you’re making a stir-fry. And vegetarians take note! Actually, everyone can benefit: these little babies are jam-packed with protein! Twelve grams per 3.5 ounce serving!
This dip is creamy and has a subtle flavor but is oh-so-good. I’ve been dipping crackers in it but I think it would also make a really great veggie dip or sandwich spread.
Adapted generously from Family Circle Magazine
1 lb frozen, thawed, shelled edamame (you can buy it pre-shelled, save yourself the work!)
2 scallions, roughly chopped
1 small clove of garlic, roughly chopped
¾ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup cold water
1. Combine edamame, scallions, garlic, salt, and hot sauce in food processor. Process until smooth(ish).
2. With food processor running, drizzle in olive oil and water until a smooth consistency is reached.
3. Serve with crackers, vegetables, or spread on a sandwich.
Verdict: This was great! Highly addicting, but not bad for you, so a win-win situation. You can really taste all the flavors, and I would recommend using good olive oil because you can really taste it in this dip.
Husband’s take: He actually didn’t try this! Yet.
Changes I would make: None, this was great. Although, I am dreaming up an Asian version of it with ginger and soy…
Difficulty: So, so easy!