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      RECIPE TITLE "Bright Green Edamame Soybean Dip -- Edamame Dippu" from The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit Copyright Hiroko Shimbo

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    In Japan, briefly boiled, lightly salted edamame, fresh green soybeans, eaten from the shell with a cold glass of beer, are one of the delights of summer. I was inspired by popular Western dips to find another way of enjoying this excellent summer vegetable. The dip is, of course, best prepared during the summer months, when fresh green soybeans are available. However, frozen edamame, found at Japanese and some Asian food stores outside Japan, make it possible for us to enjoy this dip year-round.


    14 ounces edamame (fresh green soybeans) in their shells
    2 ounces feta cheese
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    3 tablespoons plain yogurt
    1-1/2 teaspoons salt


    In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the edamame until they are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain them in a flat-bottomed colander, and fan them to speed cooling.

    Shell the beans, and discard the shells. In a food processor or blender, blend the beans and all the rest of the ingredients to a creamy paste.

    Serve the dip with rice crackers or other crackers, or with vegetable sticks.

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