Daring Cooks 24th Challenge: Edible Container – Savoury

Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at http://thedaringkitchen.com! A big fan of ramen, I decided to try the noodle bowl. Unfortunately, after a couple of tries, I just couldn’t get the bowls off their forms, and they all broke. So, ultimately I ended up with a baked noodle nest as my container. Not as striking as a bowl would have been, but edible nonetheless. Turns out baked ramen noodles actually make a pretty tasty snack. Thanks for the challenge, Renata!

NOODLE BASKET FOR SALADS

Servings: 6 baskets

Ingredients

1 package ramen noodles (120gm) (4¼ oz)
boiling water (enough to completely cover the noodles)

Directions:

1. Place the dry noodles in a baking dish.

2. Pour boiling water over noodles until completely immersed.

3. When noodles are soft and start separating (about 5 minutes), drain and rinse with cold water.

4. Drain again, and set it aside until it starts getting sticky.

5. Use olive oil to grease the outside of baking cups and arrange them upside down on parchment paper.

6. Arrange noodles as shown in the photos. The sticky noodles will help the strings stay together making it easier to form the basket. 3 or 4 strings across, 3 or 4 strings down, and some strings around the bowl. Push all the excess strings close to the cup to form a lip. Don’t overlap too many noodles, or they won’t get crispy.

7. Bake at 230°C (450°F) (gas mark 8) preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before trying to remove the noodle baskets from the cups.

9. Let cool completely.

10. Handle with care, the baskets are fragile!

11. You can make the baskets the day before using, they will keep fresh in an airtight container. On the third day it stars losing its crispiness.

12. Fill baskets with your favorite salad. If you’re using a dressing, serve it aside or mix it to your veggies just before serving.
 

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