Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Trader Joe's Vegetable Bird's Nests (Hospitality Triviality)

 My sister Mel left me a voicemail message that began, "You'd better blog it...freakin' vegetable bird's nests at Trader Joe's."  She claims (and she's always right about stuff like this) that these "bird's nests" are easy to serve, nutritious, and "succulent."

For those of you who need more convincing...

Now, I'm not disputing my sister's contention that they're nutritious; but face it, if you fry (not bake) these julienned veggies that are already covered in tempura batter, you've added fat.  But OMG, that sounds delish.  Up to you, of course.

HM would love your feedback on this matter.  Let me know if you've tried them and liked them. 
Oh, and word of warning.  Evidently, these are hot TJ items that don't last long on the shelf.

Thanks, Mel!

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  1. Going back to Trader Joe's to get the Bird's Nest from the shipment that arrives at 10 am!! They are very good and easy. Wish me luck that I get them! Mel :)

  2. These are soooo good! My bf was afraid to try them and now he loves them too!

  3. We love bird's nests, too. I think a big part is the sauce, though. It's a delicious blend of sweet and savory. I'd love to be able to make them because they are hard to find in stock at Trader Joe's and because I want to be able to serve a bunch at a time. I haven't been able to find a recipe though that anyone has tried it out.

  4. can i microwave them


    1. Sorry, no. They need to be crisp. A Microwave will make them greasy. But there's no reason you couldn't use a toaster oven. I read recently that a chef relies on his toaster oven more than his large oven for convenience and energy saving. Good luck.

  5. They are excellent baked until crispy and brown. I don't think the dipping sauce is all that well paired with these nests. I used it sparingly on the first one and all I tasted was the sauce. Ate the rest of my serving without the sauce and loved the delicacy and balance of the veggies. I'm getting more for sure.

  6. This could be of help:


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