This recipe is a riff on roasted chickpeas, another favorite party snack. You start with a bag of shelled frozen edamame, toss the beans with some olive oil and spices, and throw them in a hot oven on a sheet pan. Over the next half hour, the insides go from creamy to wonderfully chewy while the outside puffs and crisps. The flavors concentrate and take on nuances of roasted nuttiness. Like those roasted chickpeas, edamame can serve as a foil for many spice combinations. We love the straight-forward flavor of sea salt and black pepper, but we've also tried them with za'atar, chili powder, and truffle salt. A few teaspoons of chinese five spice is also great for a sweeter version. Roasted edamame is best on the same day you roast them. They lose their crunch by the next morning, but they still make a great chewy snack.
Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Makes roughly 2 cups 16 ounces frozen shelled edamame 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper (or 1-2 teaspoons alternate seasoning) If you have time, thaw the edamame for an hour or so in a strainer over a bowl (to catch the melting liquid) before baking. This will reduce the roasting time. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pour the edamame in a strainer and run under warm water for a few seconds to melt any ice crystals. Spread the edamame on a clean dish towel and pat gently with another dish towel to dry them as much as possible. In a mixing bowl, toss the edamame with the olive oil, salt, and pepper (or other seasonings). Taste one of the edamame and add more seasonings if desired. Spread the edamame in a single layer on a sheet pan and roast for 30-40 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes and watch for the edamame to begin puffing and turning golden-brown. Their color will also darken, the exterior will be dry, and you'll hear them "singing" as steam escapes from inside the bean. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the roasted edamame to a serving bowl. They are best if eaten within a few hours of roasting. Related: DIY Snack FAIL! Homemade Wasabi Peas (Images: Emma Christensen)