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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recipe for Ahi Edamame Nachos

One of our go to snacks is chips (usually a “healthy” variety-whole grain, multi-grain, baked, lower fat etc) and a dip of some sort.  Maybe hummus, maybe edamame purée, or perhaps a wickedly rich jalapeno and artichoke spread when we’re feeling like a treat.  So I was pleased when the folks at Tostitos asked me to try their new Artisan Recipes Flavored Tortilla Chips.  I haven’t seen them yet on Maui.  We always get new stuff later than you do on the mainland :-{

The two flavors I received from Tostitos were Fire-Roasted Chipotle and Roasted Garlic and Black Bean.  Today, I’m trying out the Chipotle flavor.

Just plain out of the bag, I like the chips.  If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I’m a bit of a weenie when it comes to spicy heat.  To me, these are just perfect: a bit of heat, a lot of flavor.  I also like that they are made with 100% natural ingredients, have no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no trans fats and provide 8 grams of whole grains in a 1 oz. serving (140 calories, 7 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein).

The chips are light and pretty thin so I wondered how they would hold up to dips and toppings.  I made an edamame purée (recipe below) which is pretty thick.  I usually put in a bit of heat (chile, hot sauce etc) but with the flavor of the chip, none was needed.  No breakage when dipping into the purée so I gave them a definite passing grade there.  I also built a yummy appetizer: Ahi Edamame Nachos (below) and they held up quite good again.

Finally, I compared these to our normal multi-grain chips (1 oz. serving-140 calories, 6 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams protein).  They also come in various flavors-we usually buy the plain ones-and are also all natural.  They are thicker than Tostitos and have slightly less sodium (neither has much).

Here’s the recipe for the purée and how I made the nachos.  Enjoy!

Edamame Purée

1 ½ cups shelled edamame, cooked per package and cooled
Salt to taste (about a tsp of kosher salt)
2 TBSP toasted sesame oil
2 TBSP vegetable broth
optional-finely diced jalapeno pepper or drops of hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

Ahi Edamame Nachos

Edamame purée
Tostito’s Fire-Roasted Chipotle Tortilla Chips
Ahi tuna, raw, sliced very thinly
Few drops of toasted sesame oil for garnish
Black and white sesame seeds for garnish
Optional-few drops of soy sauce for garnish

Spoon a generous teaspoon full of purée on the chip.  Top with a thin slice of good quality ahi tuna, a drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkling of sesame seeds.

These were really yummy.  Mr. ELEB tried his with a splash of soy sauce and really liked them that way too, so I've added that in as an option.

What’s your favorite go to snack?

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As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program I received these Tostitos Artisan Chips.  The opinions are my own.