Although it looks like a lot of work to me, the Shrimp & Edamame Balls turned out to be quite easy and quick to make! Of course, I took a couple of shortcuts (as I will explain as I go along) but the end result was still good.
As usual with me, I basically 4x the recipe amount. (I have a penchant for cooking large amount of food.) Shortcut #1 was that I bought ready-peeled, frozen shrimps. The usual kind that I buy was not available so I settled for the frozen shrimps that still had their tails attached. Cutting the tails off didn’t take a lot of time. The only reason why I bought those with tails is because I could not find the ones without tail! Otherwise, I would have saved myself the trouble of cutting the tail.
Shortcut #2 was that I put the beans and the shrimps through the food processor instead of chopping them with the knife like what Masa did. First of all, the amount was 4x his. If I were to make a small amount, chopping would be easier and I would pick chopping over cleaning food processor. Secondly, I was a bit short on time. Now I only wish for ready-shelled Edamame beans so that I can take shortcut #3!
We had the balls with our steamboat dinner and the boys, big and small, all said the balls were delicious.
Total time taken to make the balls : 20 minutes. Time stated in the recipe : 10 minutes. The shortcuts helped.