This weekend, we rented Cars 2 from the Blockbuster Express machine. I enjoy making themed snacks, dinners, or desserts go along with some of the movies we watch and Cars 2 is the perfect movie for a themed snack.
I did a bit of research before hand, and learned that 1 of the 3 races in the movie, took place in Japan. This seemed liked a perfect opportunity to finally make Edamame Dip, which I’ve wanted to make for the longest time. But, before I got busy making my Edamame Dip, I had to get my hands on a copy of the movie…or there would be no movie night!
We’ve rented from the Blockbuster Express before, but it was usually a spontanious “let’s go get a movie” type of thing. This time around, we knew that we wanted to get Cars 2 — but I was also worried that we could have trouble getting it considering it’s a new-to-DVD movie, plus it was a Saturday night. My solution was to reserve it online, which I’ve never done with the Blockbuster Express machine. I entered our zip code and it instantly told me where I could reserve it. Luckily, there was a few locations near our home.
The reserving process, and then picking up our DVD, was a very simple process, which makes me want to reserve online more often, rather than take our chances of the movie we want being already checked out. One thing I did notice on the site, though, was that all Hot List movies (such as Cars 2) come with an “In Stock Guarantee” – so if you try to get a Hot List movie and it’s not available, they will text you a promo code to get a $1 off on a future rental. Pretty cool, huh? Make note of this — it might come in handy. You can also see a full detailed slideshow of our night here: Cars 2 + Edamame Dip Movie Night
With our movie in hand, we headed over to Smart & Final to pick up the ingredients I needed for the edamame dip. For those that don’t know, edamame is a popular appetizer in many Japanese restaurants. It’s a green, young soybean. Our family has edamame as a snack and side dish often. Most of the time I buy edamame that is still in the pod and I cook them by boiling in salted water. I find edamame in the frozen food section, near the vegetables.
If you like easy snack recipes, you’re gonna love this. Not only is the this recipe is very yummy, but it’s easy too! The ingredients are shelled edamame, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
You take those ingredients, plus some of the cooking water from the edamame, and mix them all up your food processor. Crazy simple. I liked this dip so much that I’ve decided that I will bring this to our next homeschool potluck.
I served our Edamame Dip with crackers, tortilla chips, and sliced cucumbers. Pita chips would be a excellent with it, as would other vegetables such as carrots and celery.
We set our Edamame Dip, crackers, tortilla chips, and cucumbers on the coffee table and put Cars 2 into the DVD player. It was a very cute and funny movie. I liked the first one, but I liked this one even more. We loved a certain scene in the movie where Mater (the tow truck) has an encounter with wasabi while they are in Japan. Mattie busted up because our Edamame Dip kinda resembles wasabi (don’t worry, in looks, not taste).
One of the things I loved the most about this movie is the attention to details. In the “Cars” movie world, there are no “people”, so everything is cars, trains, boats, etc. As you watch, you can see so many ways they kept it true to being cars rather than people. I also enjoy all the colors and the scenery, particularly when they are at Radiator Springs. The creative side of me is always in awe of the talent that creates these movies.
Here’s the complete Edamame Dip recipe:
- 16 ounces edamame, shelled
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, tightly packed
- 2 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Place edamame in a saucepan and cover with water that is season with salt. Heat over medium heat and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat, but do not drain.
- With a slotted spoon, remove edamame from saucepan and place in food processor; keep water reserved. Add cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water to edamame and process until edamame is minced and blended with the other ingredients. If necessary, stop processing and scrape down sides. Add crushed red pepper flakes, pepper, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Season with salt as desired.
- Note: If you like things spicier, you can add more crushed red pepper.
If you are interested in other great edamame dip recipes, be sure to check these out, which have inspired me to come up with my version:
- Quick & Easy Edamame Dip by La Fuji Mama
- Edamame Dip by Yummy Mummy
- Edamame Dip (with avocados) by Healthy Green Kitchen
- Edamame Dip by Alton Brown
If you are a movie fan like our family, you’ll want to be sure to like Blockbuster Express on Facebook — the last time I was there, when you “LIKE” them, you get a free rental code. Also, they are on Twitter where they share promotions, news, and more.
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