Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tofu?



Southern Fried Tofu w. Sauteed Spinach, Carrots + Zucchini


I do eat tofu. Usually it's blended into a sauce, or made into ricotta, or desserts. It's rare that I actually squeeze and press a block of tofu, cut it up, cook it and eat it. Since my sister really likes Tofu I've been experimenting with it the past few Tuesdays (she's comes over every Tuesday). Last Tuesday I just cooked it Buffalo Style like I do with Seitan all the time. Which turns out to be a great way to serve Tofu to a Tofuphobe.

This Tuesday I fried it up Southern Style with a thick coat of crispy batter. It was really good. It was a last minute decision to make it this way so we just had ketchup to dip it in. Next time I'll make a Chipotle Aioli or even an Agave Mustard to go along with it. I'm slowly becoming a drain it, press it, slice it, cook it, eat it tofu girl.

To get the batter nice and thick I first dipped it into some soy milk mixed with Dijon Mustard (whole grain mustard).

Then into a flour mixture of:

unbleached white flour
paprika
cayenne
nutritional yeast
salt
pepper
i wanted to add onion and garlic powder but couldn't find it for the life of me so add those as well. I eyeballed everything so I can't give you even approximate amounts at this time. Next time It will be all measured out.

Dip it back into the milk/mustard and then again into the flour mixture. This will give it a nice and thick coating that will fry up really well in oil.

I'm looking forward to eating the leftovers pieces in a wrap or on a roll with some greens and mayo.



Chickpea Salad w. Avocado on WW Pita


I love making Chickpea Salads. I've been making them for years and each time they are completely different from the last time. Sometimes I put cornichon pickles into it. Sometimes I go heavy on the mustard and mayo. Sometimes there is curry powder added. Sometimes non of the above and I go a completely different route. This one was heavy on the mustard and mayo and made for a nice spicy mix w. red onions, celery and garlic.

12 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

The Chickpea Salad & Avocado Pita - now THAT'S my kind of sandwich!! Yum!!

By the way, the ANTM finale is on tonight - we HAVE to watch, come on!! :0)

jessy said...

omg - the tofu looks soooooo good! really, really good! and the chickpea salad = mmmmmmmmmm! both look amazing! and i'm totally gonna have to make this tofu! thanks for the recipe! :)

Erin said...

The batter on that tofu looks amazing. If all sliced tofu came like that I would definitely be a sliced tofu kind of girl. And agave mustard would be the perfect dipping sauce.

Vegan Invasion! (Ashley Nicole) said...

MMM, that batter on the the tofu looks CRISPY!! Wow, I would really love a plate of that w/ some Chipotle Aioli.

Your chickpea salad w/ avocado sandwich looks delicious!

Theresa said...

Deep fried vegan food is something I wish I had more of in my life, but it's probably for the best that I'm afraid of deep frying things.

That chickpea salad, however, looks right up my alley!

VeggieGirl said...

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Liz² said...

yeah, I'm so much more likely to sqoosh/mash/crumble/blend my tofu than make little pressed pieces, but I'm trying to fix that, slowly. I love the idea of using grainy mustard in the batter!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

two of my types of meals!

the tofu meal looks perfect.

aTxVegn said...

Your tofu crust looks so good! Next time you make it, a southern style cream gravy would be perfect with it!

I love chickpea salads too.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I've been eating more tofu lately as well & even did a Southern Fried version recently. I've been finding we like the fresh, locally made tofu MUCH more than the packaged.

esther said...

I never was a tofu lover myself and even today I make it very rarely, the kids are not fond of it. But tonight I'm going to try the recipe, that really looks delicious, thank you!!!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I am not usually a person who goes for tofu and I want that tofu! I also love chickpeas and avocado -- so that is right up my alley! Yum