Wasabi peas are an outstanding snack food. They’re very inexpensive to make, taste delicious, and are very spicy – so if you’re into spicy snack foods, you’ll find yourself addicted to them very quickly. The good thing about eating wasabi peas though, is that you’ll undoubtedly drink a lot of water, so you will be unlikely to consume very many peas in any one sitting. Children should probably be introduced to these peas very slowly.
Wasabi peas are nothing more than dried green peas with a spicy coating. They are available at health food stores and places like Trader Joe’s if you prefer to buy them commercially. Anyone who enjoys spicy foods generally will find these healthy peas appealing. They have the crunch of peas with kick of Wasabi. This is a thick green Japanese root that when ground-up tastes like a very spicy horseradish.
The ingredients necessary for good wasabi peas are dried whole green peas, olive oil, rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, Tahini, and Wasabi powder. In a container, soak the green peas overnight, and then cook them according to their instructions. Let them air dry for at least an hour. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the peas, tossing them in order to coat them thoroughly. Grease a cookie sheet and spread the peas out in a single layer. Bake the peas at 200° for about five hours. They should taste crispy when you bite into them. Mix 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard into a bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the tahini and 4 teaspoons of the wasabi powder.
Now stir the peas into the mixture making sure they are well coated. Again grease a cookie sheet and spread the peas out in a single layer so that they are not touching one another. Bake at 250° for 15 minutes. Cool the peas on a wire rack for lease 15 minutes. Store them in an airtight container until use. If you wish to use them after about three days you can crisp them in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes at 250°.
Health studies show that none of the elements of this snack are unhealthy. Some of the positive components of the peas are lost in the baking process, but the final product still maintains significant healthy qualities. The wasabi adds the spice without any unhealthy additives. Some people love wasabi peas, and some people hate them. What about you, do you find wasabi peas too spicy for your taste?
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