Creamed Edamame and Pearl Onions

This clever riff on the classic creamed peas and pearl onions combines onions with edamame (soy beans) and a topping of panko (Japanese bread crumbs). To make the crumb topping extra crispy, the dish is quickly toasted under the broiler before serving.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1 pound frozen shelled edamame
  • 10 ounces white pearl onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon melted
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup Turkey Stock or chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

How to make this recipe

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Add the edamame to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the edamame to a plate and pat dry.

  2. Cook the pearl onions in the saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain the onions and transfer them to the bowl of ice water to cool completely. Using a paring knife, trim off the root ends and peel the onions and pat dry.

  3. Melt the 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a medium deep skillet. Add the peeled onions and the sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add the heavy cream and thyme and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add the edamame and Turkey Stock and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the cornstarch slurry, then add it to the cream sauce and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

  4. Preheat the broiler and set a rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat. Pour the edamame mixture into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, mix the 1 tablespoon of melted butter with the <em>panko</em>. Sprinkle the crumbs over the edamame and broil for about 3 minutes, or until golden and bubbling; serve hot.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Rewarm before proceeding.

Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published November 2006

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