Edemamme or Soy Beans are often served in their pods at Asian restaurants as an appetizer. You open the pods like you would with fresh peas and remove the inner bean. The pods are discarded and the beans enjoyed one at a time. These little green jewels are so delicious! They are perfect in school lunches! This time of year the pods or beans themselves are found in the freezer section of your favorite grocery store. They can be steamed and sprinkled with salt for an anytime treat. At our house we eat them warm, room temperature or cold. They can be used in place of beans in many recipes. I add them to chili, stir fry and succotash as well as green or pasta salad and seafood newburg. Anywhere you want a jolt of color and a burst of freshness- soybeans are the perfect choice. Here is a healthy, easy and yummy appetizer that's high in protein and great for you.
Edemamme or Black Bean Hummus
2 cloves garlic- peeled
2 T fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
2 c cooked soy beans or 1(15ounce)can black beans, drained, reserving the liquid or cooking water
1 1/2 T sesame tahini
1 t ground cumin
1 t salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 t Cholula chili sauce
In the bowl of a food processor, place the crushed cloves of garlic and lemon or lime juice. Pulse until the garlic is minced.
Add the Edemamme OR black beans, tahini, cumin, salt, cayenne and cholula.
Process until smooth, scraping down the sides often to incorporate all of the beans. Add a Tablespoon or two of the reserved bean liquid if necessary to make a smooth paste. Adjust the cayenne pepper and salt to your taste. Serve with pita triangles, crudite (celery stalk pieces and baby carrots are great), and/or chunks of crusty whole grain bread.